13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
5
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Big River.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip planner.

Philadelphia to Fort Bragg is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fort Bragg, with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Big River ©
Big River
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

1
night
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 25th (Tue): savor the flavors at Monterey Market, then take a stroll through The Stanford Shopping Center, and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tule Elk Preserve, then stop by Cornerstone Sonoma, and then examine the collection at Marine Mammal Center.

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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 June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Stanford Shopping Center, The Marine Mammal Center, Cornerstone Sonoma, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Tule Elk Preserve
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Tule Elk Preserve ©
Tule Elk Preserve
The Marine Mammal Center ©
The Marine Mammal Center

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). On the 27th (Thu), do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Elfin Forest Preserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), stop by Sebastian General Store, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Los Osos, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Jack Creek Celllars
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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. Get in touch with nature at Lovers Point and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Explore hidden gems such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Scenic Road Walkway. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel route website .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in June, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour planner .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In July, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hahn Estate Winery
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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