18 days in Philadelphia & California Itinerary

18 days in Philadelphia & California Itinerary

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18 days in Philadelphia & California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Head to Kitchen Kettle Village and Rittenhouse Squarefor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Independence National Historical Park. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Historic Smithville and Village Greene (in Smithville) and Good's Store (in East Earl). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, browse the fresh offerings at Ardmore Farmers Market, shop like a local with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Philadelphia route maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Philadelphia. In May, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic Smithville and Village Greene, Kitchen Kettle Village, Ardmore Farmers Market, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Good's Store
Highlights from your plan
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): browse the different shops at The Grove, don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, then view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, then take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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). Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Pottery Works, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then shop like a local with Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery ©
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and SoMa. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, don't miss a visit to Union Street, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online holiday planner .

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park journey builder app .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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