20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  19​h
1
Big Sur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Ukiah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Riga

4
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls. Get outdoors at Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: Carmel (Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach & Seventeen Mile Drive), Asilomar State Beach (in Pacific Grove) and San Carlos Cathedral (in Monterey). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Partington Cove and view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

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Riga, Latvia to Big Sur is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Riga to Big Sur. Traveling from Riga in September, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Castoro Cellars and San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Moonstone Cellars), Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's more to do: do a tasting at Adelaida Cellars.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles road trip planning site .

Getting from Big Sur to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Morro Rock, Veris Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Castoro Cellars ©
Castoro Cellars

4
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.
Visiting Olmsted Point and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, get great views at Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paso Robles in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 28°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

3
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Get some cultural insight at Briceland Vineyards Winery and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Relax by the water at Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ukiah: Navarro Vineyards & Winery (in Philo) and Schooner Gulch State Beach (in Point Arena). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Toulouse Vineyards & Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ukiah trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Ukiah takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Ukiah to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Ukiah

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Point Arena, Philo, Briceland Vineyards, Glass Beach, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pride Mountain Vineyards and Gualala Point Regional Park. Get a sense of the local culture at BobDog Winery and Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Cast Wines and take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Healdsburg vacation app .

Traveling by car from Ukiah to Healdsburg takes an hour. While traveling from Ukiah, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Geyserville, Robert Mondavi Winery, BobDog Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
BobDog Winery ©
BobDog Winery

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