18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Billund
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Geyserville
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Billund

1
night
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 5th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, then stop by The Cheese Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Billund, Denmark to Carmel is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Billund in May, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pfeiffer State Beach
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Derby Wine Estates and J Dusi Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Cambria Nursery & Florist (in Cambria) and Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon). There's more to do: do a tasting at Anglim Winery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paso Robles trip builder website .

Getting from Carmel to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paso Robles in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Navarro Vineyards and Phillips Hill Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Schooner Gulch State Beach and Pennyroyal Farm. When in Philo, make a side trip to see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Philo road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Philo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Philo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, examine the collection at Guest House Museum, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then stroll through Glass Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Philo to Fort Bragg takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Geyserville.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Geyserville

Geyserville ©
Geyserville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, USA. Explore hidden gems such as Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Modus Operandi Cellars and Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery. Explore Geyserville's surroundings by going to Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, learn about winemaking at Pech Merle Winery, identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and stop by Big John's Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geyserville day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Geyserville takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Geyserville are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geyserville

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Clearlake Oaks, St. Helena, Healdsburg, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

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