12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Toronto in June, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
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. On the 2nd (Tue), trek along Scenic Road Walkway, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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). Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the next day, do a tasting at Harmony Cellars, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Cambria hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, stroll through Mendocino Coast, then stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards, then do a tasting at Pacific Star Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg holiday maker site .

Getting from Cambria to Fort Bragg by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a stroll through Union Square, then stop by Williams-Sonoma, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes and then hike along Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail ©

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