18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h
1
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Philo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): 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.

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London, UK to Big Sur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from London to Big Sur, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
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 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Museum of Western Film History
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Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

1
night
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. On the 7th (Wed), trek along Gualala Point Regional Park and then stroll through Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Philo online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Philo with the Route module. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Philo, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Philo to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. In August in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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