18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to artifacts gallery and Point Buchon Trail. Take a break from the city and head to William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Elfin Forest Preserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Los Osos (Bluff Trail & Sweet Springs Nature Preserve). There's still lots to do: stop by Sebastian General Store, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip itinerary builder app .

Barcelona, Spain to Cambria is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Los Osos, San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Moonstone Cellars ©
Moonstone Cellars

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lovers Point and Scenic Road Walkway. Take a break from the city and head to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Point Sur State Historic Park. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Escape the urban bustle at Baldwin Beach and Nevada Beach Campground. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grass Roots Natural Foods and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Nevada State Capitol Building in Carson City (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Fallen Leaf Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nevada State Capitol Building, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Nevada Beach Campground, D.L. Bliss State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss State Park
Nevada State Capitol Building ©
Nevada State Capitol Building

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get a sense of the local culture at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin and Eleven53 Interpretive Center. Attractions like Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, take in the dramatic natural features at Obsidian Dome, explore and take pictures at Minaret Vista, and stroll through Crystal Lake trail.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Minaret Vista ©
Minaret Vista

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lembert Dome and Olmsted Point. Get in touch with nature at Four Mile Trail and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. And it doesn't end there: trek along Panorama Trail, get great views at Valley View, see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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