16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights

2
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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Van Damme State Park and Pudding Creek Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Handley Cellars Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Lula Cellars (in Philo), Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, and stroll through Seaside Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg online travel route planner.

Quebec City, Canada to Fort Bragg is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Quebec City to Fort Bragg. Traveling from Quebec City in June, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Sea Ranch Chapel, Gualala Point Regional Park, Van Damme State Park, Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

1
night
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 25th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Simeon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website.

You can take a bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 15.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Exploratorium. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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