17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Windsor
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Graeagle
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  12​h 30​min
End: Windsor

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Escape the urban bustle at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Crook Museum and Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Shasta side-trips: Siskiyou County Museum (in Yreka) and Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery and contemplate the waterfront views at Castle Lake.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mount Shasta online route planner .

Windsor, Canada to Mount Shasta is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Windsor in April: highs in Mount Shasta hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Crook Museum, Siskiyou County Museum, Large Junk Art Sculptures
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Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mono County Museum, then examine the collection at Mono Basin Historical Society, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mount Shasta in April since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Graeagle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mono Basin Historical Society, Mono County Museum
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

3
nights
Graeagle

Graeagle ©
Graeagle is a census-designated place (CDP) located about 60mi from Reno, Nevada and 46mi from Truckee, California in Plumas County, California, United States. Appreciate the collections at Indian Valley Museum and Western Pacific Railroad Museum. Visiting Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch and Plumas Pines Golf Course will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Graeagle side-trips: The Downieville Downhill (in Downieville) and Kentucky Mine Museum (in Sierra City). The adventure continues: tee off at Graeagle Meadows Golf Course.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Graeagle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Graeagle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Graeagle

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Kentucky Mine Museum, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Indian Valley Museum, The Downieville Downhill
Highlights from your plan
Plumas Pines Golf Course ©
Plumas Pines Golf Course
Indian Valley Museum ©
Indian Valley Museum
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Let the collections at Camp Roberts Historical Museum and Greenspace Creekside Reserve capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Peachy Canyon Winery (in Templeton) and Pacific Valley Bluff Trail (in Big Sur). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with artifacts gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner .

Drive from Graeagle to San Simeon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Graeagle in April, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
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. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel Art Association and Hawthorne Gallery. Spend the 15th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

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Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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