19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  8​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a stroll through North Beach and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally take a stroll through Nob Hill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Seaside Beach, immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg travel 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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): trek along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel visit planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: highs in Carmel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

1
night
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 14th (Sun): stroll through Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than San Simeon - with highs of 101°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Petco Park, then make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and much warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Thu).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Seal Beach, Salt Creek Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach

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