19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
5
Carmel
— 4 nights

3
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sentinel Dome and Tenaya Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions site.

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and Moro Rock. Do some cultural sightseeing at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 6h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Congress Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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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). Museum-lovers will appreciate Harmony Pottery Works and Greenspace Creekside Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cambria day trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cambria, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Limekiln State Park, Morro Rock, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

2
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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Highlight Gallery and Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at MacKerricher State Park and Russian Gulch State Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Van Damme State Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and walk around Noyo Headlands Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg day trip planner.

Drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. July in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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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. Get outdoors at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get some historical perspective at Carmel Mission and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). The adventure continues: hike along Scenic Road Walkway, go for a walk through Ocean Avenue, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pinnacles National Park, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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