20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + train:  19​h
End: Brussels

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through North Beach, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 28th (Fri), do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Calistoga holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Calistoga, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, and then admire the majestic nature at Noyo Headlands Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip website .

You can drive from Calistoga to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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 Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Olmsted Point. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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.
Visiting Giant Forest and Grizzly Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Eastern California Museum (in Independence) and Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock and trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Eastern California Museum, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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.
On the 8th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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. You'll get in some beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and McWay Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Partington Cove). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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