16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Quebec City

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Noyo Headlands Park and Gualala Point Regional Park. Get some historical perspective at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Sea Ranch Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Lula Cellars). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park, admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Pudding Creek Beach.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg online day trip planner .

Quebec City, Canada to Fort Bragg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quebec City in June: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, Van Damme State Park, Sea Ranch Chapel, Gualala Point Regional Park
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, stroll through 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 enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Simeon road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Simeon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder website .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and trek along Lembert Dome.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour builder .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodega Dunes and V. Sattui Winery. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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