12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  27​h
1
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Bengaluru

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Step out of the city life by going to Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Partington Cove, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, steep yourself in history at Stevenson House, stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve, and admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip generator.

Bengaluru, India to Carmel is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, expect Carmel to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, wander the streets of The Embarcadero, and have fun and explore at The Exploratorium.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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