18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

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18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Brussels


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1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Limantour Beach
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visit Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. When in Fort Bragg, make a side trip to see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, explore the activities along Big River, savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach.

Plan trip to Fort Bragg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Fort Bragg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big River, Black Sands Beach, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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 discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see June Lake Brewing in June Lake, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, June Lake Brewing
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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 Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more) and Monterey Bay (in Monterey). There's more to do: take in the views from Bixby Bridge and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Get outdoors at The Narrows and Angel's Landing. Let the collections at Sorella Gallery and David J West Gallery capture your imagination. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Zion National Park. The adventure continues: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Zion National Park by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Carmel to Zion National Park. Traveling from Carmel in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zion National Park, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

2
nights
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 9th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Dream Wanderer. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery and then meet the residents at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Palm Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, The Dream Wanderer
Highlights from your plan
The Dream Wanderer ©
The Dream Wanderer
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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