18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights

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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip builder site.

Brussels, Belgium to Carmel is an approximately 19-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in October: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, then take an in-depth tour of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, and then kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to Fort Bragg by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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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.
Visiting Yosemite Falls and El Capitan will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to June Lake to see June Lake Brewing about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Olmsted Point, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Fort Bragg - with highs of 22°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the next day, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then hike along Fall Canyon.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 22°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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.
Let the collections at Sorella Gallery and David J West Gallery capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at The Narrows and Zion National Park. It doesn't end there: hike along Angel's Landing and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in November, with highs in Zion National Park at 19°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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Moab

Moab ©

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get in touch with nature at Delicate Arch and Turret Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hurrah Pass Road and Gallery Moab LCA. On the 10th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Moab road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in November: highs in Moab hover around 15°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Hurrah Pass Road ©
Hurrah Pass Road

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