16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Eureka
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Jakarta

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then get great views at Tunnel View, and finally trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder tool .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Jakarta to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park travel route planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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). Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, then shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg visit planner.

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, view the masterpieces at Trinidad Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Lagoon County Park, then pick up some local products at Arcata Farmers' Market, and finally work some fitness into your day at Hikshari Trail. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, identify plant and animal life at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camel Rock, and finally stroll through Trinidad State Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Eureka itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Eureka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for little chillier days in Eureka, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Camel Rock, Arcata Farmers' Market, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a stroll through Union Square, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and finally take a stroll through Union Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally wander the streets of SoMa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Eureka to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Eureka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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