12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stop by Brandini Toffee.

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London, UK to Palm Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palm Desert
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El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Appreciate the collections at artifacts gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Morro Bay (Fiona Bleu Gallery & Morro Rock). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, things will get little chillier in Cambria: highs are around 32°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally shop like a local with Ananse Village. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then do a tasting at Lula Cellars, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg travel route site .

Drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Mendocino
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Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, then take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery, and finally explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
Photography West Gallery ©
Photography West Gallery

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, and then cruise along Tioga Pass. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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