12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Chattanooga

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 next day, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then browse the exhibits of Ansel Adams Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Chattanooga to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chattanooga in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. For shopping fun, head to Carmel Art Association or Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Spend the 30th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary tool .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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 (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, stop by Harmony Pottery Works, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cambria day trip site .

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 much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Cambria hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Morro Rock
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Ananse Village, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip maker .

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 July in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Highlight Gallery
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Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Ananse Village ©
Ananse Village

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Union Square, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online route 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. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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