17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Dunes and Cable Car Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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

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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore and learn at Highlight Gallery and Triangle Tattoo and Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Bragg: Lula Cellars (in Philo) and Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum & Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg itinerary website .

Getting from San Francisco to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much hotter (41°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena, Lula Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

Make your San Simeon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in San Simeon reach 40°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Kids will enjoy Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and shop like a local with Carmel Art Association.

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Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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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