22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  15​h
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Breakwater. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Carmel is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Carmel, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. Visit William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Moonstone Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon), Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (in King City) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). There's more to do: do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Bridgeport and see Mono County Museum, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Paso Robles in August, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Lake County Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tallac Historic Site and Lakeside Beach. Attractions like Pope Beach and Meeks Bay Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Food Tours in San Francisco, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel route site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach. Attractions like Black Sands Beach and Noyo Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg road trip tool .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Fort Bragg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, Fort Bragg is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 39°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Healdsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in Healdsburg to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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