18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Trinidad
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Paradise Ridge Winery Kenwood (in Kenwood). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stop by The Embarcadero, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planning tool.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Trinidad

— 3 nights
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinidad State Beach and Moonstone Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and Sequoia Park Garden. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and appreciate the history behind Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Trinidad. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Trinidad to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Carmel

— 4 nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, learn about winemaking at Silvestri Vineyards, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Carmel. June in Carmel sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Falls and Ansel Adams Gallery. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get great views at Washburn Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.