17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
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 in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Sentinel Dome. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 28th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Piedras Blancas, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip planning site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 33°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Seventeen Mile Drive. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Fort Bragg when traveling from Carmel in November, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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