18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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Arcata
— 3 nights
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Eureka
— 2 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Arcata

— 3 nights
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy and Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio. Go for a jaunt from Arcata to Orick to see Lady Bird Johnson Grove about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Camel Rock, see the interesting displays at Trinidad Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market, and learn more about the world around you at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum.

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Columbus to Arcata is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus to Arcata, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in June, expect nights in Arcata to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are much colder, around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Eureka

— 2 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sequoia Park Zoo. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sequoia Park Zoo, look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, then look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Big Lagoon County Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Eureka route planner.

Eureka is very close to Arcata. In June, daily temperatures in Eureka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 3 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. For shopping fun, head to Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books or Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Glass Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Take a break from Fort Bragg with a short trip to Handley Cellars Winery in Philo, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, and identify plant and animal life at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip planning app.

Getting from Eureka to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Eureka in June, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Moonstone Beach, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Simeon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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. Head to Ocean Avenue and The Cheese Shopfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in Big Sur, approximately Big Sur away. There's lots more to do: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, and hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation maker website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ramini Mozzarella. Do your shopping at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Union Square. Change things up with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, visit The Embarcadero, and contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip tool.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.