12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vienna

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation maker tool .

Vienna, Austria to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Vienna to Los Angeles. Traveling from Vienna in May, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder .

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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). Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cambria attractions planner.

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. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Cambria are warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Tue), kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ananse Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Fort Bragg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery ©
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, shop like a local with Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and finally wander the streets of SoMa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square

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