18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Ventura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Solvang
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Collection at Riverpark, and then look for gifts at The Sacred Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ventura tour itinerary website .

Toronto, Canada to Ventura is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Ventura

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, The Sacred Space, Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Collection at Riverpark
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

2
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Vin Hus, get into the urban bustle at Visitor Center, learn more about the world around you at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jalama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Surf Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, admire the verdant scenery at Santa Ynez Valley, and then identify plant and animal life at Coal Oil Point Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Solvang visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Solvang takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Ventura, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Solvang, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Ynez Valley
Highlights from your plan
Surf Beach ©
Surf Beach
Coal Oil Point Reserve ©
Coal Oil Point Reserve
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

3
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). Head to Lucia Apothecary and artifacts galleryfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Piedras Blancas and Elephant Seal Rookery. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton), Morro Bay (Fiona Bleu Gallery & Morro Rock) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria route planner .

You can drive from Solvang to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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. Relax by the water at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visiting Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 17th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel online holiday builder .

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 September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): shop like a local with Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then look for gifts at Ramini Mozzarella, and finally kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): browse for treasures at Petaluma Boulevard and Kentucky Street, admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goat Rock Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Rosa itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Rosa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Rosa: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ramini Mozzarella, Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Dunes, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olmsted Point and Bodie. Get outdoors at Bodie State Historic Park and Bridalveil Fall. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Santa Rosa to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Santa Rosa - with highs of 27°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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