20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h
4
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Riga

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Visit San Gregorio State Beach and Point Isabel for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through SoMa, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco journey builder website .

Riga, Latvia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Riga in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trips

Point Isabel, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, learn about winemaking at Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge, and then learn about winemaking at BobDog Winery. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Calistoga trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Calistoga to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, BobDog Winery, Pech Merle Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
BobDog Winery ©
BobDog Winery

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Calistoga 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 drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
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). On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cambria day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Cambria hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cambria in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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