18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

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18 days in California & Utah Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
train + Fly + foot + shuttle:  18​h
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  7​h 30​min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Brussels


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2
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. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Carmel is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Brussels to Carmel, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Carmel reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
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, kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, then indulge your taste buds at Roundman's Smoke House, and finally examine the collection at Triangle Tattoo and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): explore the activities along Big River, then steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and then kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Pass and El Capitan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and June Lake Brewing. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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 drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

June Lake Brewing, Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then stroll through Fall Canyon.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 22°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Trails
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zion National Park and Sorella Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to The Narrows and Angel's Landing. Change things up with a short trip to David J West Gallery in Springdale (about 32 minutes away). There's more to do: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in November; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 19°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Arches National Park and Turret Arch. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hurrah Pass Road and Gallery Moab LCA. Go for a jaunt from Moab to Arches National Park to see Delicate Arch about 38 minutes away. Make the 9th (Fri) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Zion National Park to Moab by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Zion National Park in November, you will find days in Moab are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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