17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Luxembourg City to Yosemite National Park is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Luxembourg City in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

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 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip maker website.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. For shopping fun, head to Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery or Carmel Art Association. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ananse Village, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Kwan Tai.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg tour site.

You can drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.