19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Four Mile Trail and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get some historical perspective at Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

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San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Step off the beaten path and head to Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Generals Hwy. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Congress Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 22°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

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

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). Head to artifacts gallery and Harmony Pottery Worksfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jack Creek Celllars and Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Limekiln State Park (in Big Sur). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cambria trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, Cambria is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Relax by the water at Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Bragg Coastal Trail and Van Damme State Park. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, and shop like a local with Ananse Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip maker website .

You can drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car 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
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

4
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ocean Avenue and Scenic Road Walkway. Get outdoors at Lovers Point and Pinnacles National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker app .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pinnacles National Park, 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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