17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Fly + bus:  22​h 45​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Marseille

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Lula Cellars, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, then view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary planning app .

Marseille, France to Fort Bragg is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Marseille in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Philo, Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

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 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Cambria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. June in Cambria sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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 4th (Tue): wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip 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. Expect colder weather when traveling from Cambria in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): wander the streets of Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Palm Springs Air Museum, shop like a local with Heather James Fine Art, then take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery, and finally take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, identify plant and animal life at South Lykken Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, and finally stop by Brandini Toffee.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Palm Springs. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Palm Springs to be much warmer, temps between 48°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): browse the different shops at The Grove, then admire the masterpieces at Craft & Folk Art Museum, then view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip builder .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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