19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, take a stroll through Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online attractions planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Fort Bragg

— 3 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Highlight Gallery and Ananse Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Pudding Creek Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning tool.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. Get in touch with nature at Kings Canyon National Park and Grizzly Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 5 hours away). There's still lots to do: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey builder tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's much more to do: trek along Four Mile Trail, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation builder app.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.