16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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Fly to Santa Rosa, Bus to Fort Bragg
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Fort Bragg

— 2 nights
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 Sea Ranch Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala) and Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Lula Cellars). 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 16.5-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 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip app.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Simeon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. In June, daytime highs in San Simeon are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and McWay Falls. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online journey planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°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 · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

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 Twin Peaks. 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). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.