18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ghirardelli Square. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Bodega to see Bodega Dunes about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Union Square, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Seaside Beach. Shop till you drop at Highlight Gallery and Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Step out of Fort Bragg with an excursion to Handley Cellars Winery in Philo--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, cruise along Mendocino Coast, and immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Handley Cellars Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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). You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Hearst Castle. Take a break from Cambria with a short trip to Fiona Bleu Gallery in Morro Bay, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Cambria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in Cambria sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

4
nights
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. For shopping fun, head to Ocean Avenue or Coast Gallery Big Sur. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel route planner .

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. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Point Pinos Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd

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