16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  22​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  25​h
End: Jakarta

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see Modus Operandi Cellars, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in May, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip builder tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Handley Cellars Winery
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

1
night
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 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cambria online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Cambria sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
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. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. Spend the 1st (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online tour itinerary planner .

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. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get great views at Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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