16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
train + Fly + bus:  19​h
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Ferndale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Corning
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Brussels


1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then look for gifts at Trio Carmel, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then make a trip to Cannery Row, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel route maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to Carmel is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Brussels to Carmel, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 15th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company, then look for gifts at The Garden Gallery, then stop by The Shell Shop, and finally stop by Grape Encounters Empourium.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, Brown Butter Cookie Company, Grape Encounters Empourium
Highlights from your plan
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery ©
Ephraim Pottery West Gallery
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): wander the streets of State Street, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stop by The Sacred Space, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, buy something for everyone on your list at The Collection at Riverpark, then look for gifts at Bart's Books, and finally do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip tool .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Sacred Space, Bart's Books, The Collection at Riverpark
Highlights from your plan
State Street ©
State Street
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Bart's Books ©
Bart's Books

1
night
Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, then contemplate the long history of The Immortal Tree, then look for gifts at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, and finally stop by The Blacksmith Shop. On the next day, stop by Golden Gait Mercantile, savor the flavors at Arcata Farmers' Market, then look for gifts at Los Bagels, and finally stop by Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio.

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Explore your travel options from Santa Barbara to Ferndale with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in October, with highs in Ferndale at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Ferndale

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Arcata, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, The Immortal Tree, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
The Immortal Tree ©
The Immortal Tree
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Kwan Tai, stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Papa Bear's Chocolate House.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Mendocino trip planning site .

You can drive from Ferndale to Mendocino in 3 hours. When traveling from Ferndale in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Corning.

Things to do in Mendocino

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery

2
nights
Corning

Corning ©
Corning is a city in Tehama County, California that is located about 19 miles south of Red Bluff and about 500 miles north of Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Bidwell Mansion, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Eighth & Main Antique Center, then relax in the rural setting at Farm Sanctuary, and finally stop by The Olive Pit. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Lucero Olive Oil, do a tasting at New Clairvaux Vineyard, and then see the interesting displays at Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Corning road trip website .

Drive from Mendocino to Corning in 4 hours. Traveling from Mendocino in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Corning. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Corning

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chico, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem, Farm Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Olive Pit ©
Olive Pit
Bidwell Mansion ©
Bidwell Mansion
Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem ©
Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Corning to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Corning in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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