19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights

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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Hollywood Forever Cemetery make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel route planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In September, Los Angeles is much hotter than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Simeon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 18th (Fri), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, thentake in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally stroll through Noyo Headlands Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Albion River Bridge, do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, thenlearn about winemaking at Roederer Estate, thenlearn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars.

Before you visit Fort Bragg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Fort Bragg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In September, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Albion River Bridge
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Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Relax by the water at Bodega Dunes and Marshall’s Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation app.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fort Bragg in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Attractions like Point Lobos and Breakwater make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and stroll through Del Mar Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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 Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Kids will enjoy Tioga Pass and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday app.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around °C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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