16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Train + Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  5​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Train:  19​h
End: Bournemouth

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Bournemouth, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bournemouth to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Bournemouth in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, and then stroll through Seaside Beach.

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

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big River
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MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Big Sur visit planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Big Sur takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 4 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Templeton, Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Lembert Dome. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (32°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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