17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
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:  16​h
End: Luxembourg City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, cruise along Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning app .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Luxembourg City to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Luxembourg City in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Manzanar National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route app .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 Elephant Seal Rookery, then take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip website .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Shop till you drop at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Spend the 20th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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

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 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Keep things going 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.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Union Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
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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