18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Ferry Building Marketplace. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online holiday builder.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 3 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seaside Beach and Van Damme State Park. Do your shopping at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. When in Fort Bragg, make a side trip to see Handley Cellars Winery in Philo, approximately Philo away. The adventure continues: stroll through Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, stroll around Noyo Headlands Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg day trip website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. You'll get in some beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cambria online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 Yosemite Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Tioga Rd). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

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Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

California travel guide

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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.