22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + bus:  10​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Durham

2
nights
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 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder .

Durham to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durham in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 101°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online journey maker .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Simeon: highs are around 94°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

4
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 Lovers Point and Pfeiffer State Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Gracianna Winery and Brassfield Estate Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Jenner (Goat Rock Beach & Salt Point State Park), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and BobDog Winery (in Cloverdale). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Healdsburg trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Carmel to Healdsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jenner, Geyserville, BobDog Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Brassfield Estate Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Relax by the water at Van Damme State Park and Noyo Headlands Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Star Winery and Ford House Museum. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg route planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Fort Bragg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Healdsburg in July: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Pennyroyal Farm, learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, then kick back and relax at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, and then do a tasting at Phillips Hill Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Philo visit planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Philo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©

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 Tioga Rd and Bodie State Historic Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco to see Food Tours about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Philo to Yosemite National Park. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philo in July, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 83°F and lows at 46°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie, Food Tours, Bodie State Historic Park, Tioga Rd
Highlights from your plan
Bodie ©
Bodie
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd

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