16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Jenner
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Wed), take a stroll through Union Square. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Union Square ©
Union Square

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 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach. On the next day, explore the activities along Big River, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort Bragg day trip site .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jenner.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

2
nights
Jenner

Jenner ©
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. On the 19th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Goat Rock Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes, and then stroll through Bodega Head.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jenner vacation planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Jenner by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Jenner, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Jenner

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Head, Bodega Dunes, Gualala Point Regional Park
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from Jenner to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Jenner in August, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route maker site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

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

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. Explore hidden gems such as Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Get in touch with nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Partington Cove, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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