21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Bus:  17​h 45​min
1
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ukiah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gualala Point Regional Park and Peterson Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at BobDog Winery and Stephen & Walker Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Calistoga (Storybook Mountain Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa), V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Simi Winery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg trip builder tool .

London, UK to Healdsburg is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from London to Healdsburg, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Geyserville, Calistoga, V. Sattui Winery, Gualala Point Regional Park, BobDog Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

2
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum and Husch Vineyards & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ukiah: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Navarro Vineyards & Winery). There's more to do: do a tasting at Toulouse Vineyards & Winery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ukiah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Ukiah takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Ukiah can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Point Arena
Highlights from your plan
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg online itinerary maker .

Getting from Ukiah to Fort Bragg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

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. Take a break from the city and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Partington Cove and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Georis Winery in Carmel Valley--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and steep yourself in history at Cannery Row.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Fort Bragg in May, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Georis, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon visit app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie and Tenaya Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mosaic Canyon and Harmony Borax Works. Get in touch with nature at Artists Palette and Artists Dr. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and get great views at Dante's View.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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