20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning app .

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. Traveling from London to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are warmer (45°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, San Simeon is a bit cooler than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
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. On the 6th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel journey planning website .

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 July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 11th (Thu), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Van Damme State Park, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Gualala Point Regional Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Handley Cellars Winery and Lula Cellars. Take a break from Philo with a short trip to Schooner Gulch State Beach in Point Arena, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Phillips Hill Winery and experience rural life at Pennyroyal Farm.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Philo online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Philo takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Tioga Rd about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Philo to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Philo in July, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Tioga Rd
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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