22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Lompoc
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Sun), get great views at Dante's View and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): go deep underground at Eureka Mine, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online travel planner .

New Delhi, India to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from New Delhi to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than New Delhi - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
night
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Surf Beach, then kick back and relax at Jalama Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jalama Beach County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, then do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards, then do a tasting at Barbieri Wines, and finally do a tasting at Carivintas Winery.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lompoc travel planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lompoc takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Lompoc sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Lompoc

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Carivintas Winery
Highlights from your plan
Surf Beach ©
Surf Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Barbieri Wines ©
Barbieri Wines

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery & Piedras Blancas). There's more to do: do a tasting at Derby Wine Estates.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Paso Robles using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lompoc to Paso Robles takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lompoc in October, expect nights in Paso Robles to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Veris Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Fratelli Perata Winery ©
Fratelli Perata Winery

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then do a tasting at Silvestri Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in October, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get great views at Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): trek along Tuolumne Meadows and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect cooler with lows of -2°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

1
night
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. On the 1st (Thu), stroll through Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and then stroll through Schooner Gulch State Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Pennyroyal Farm, learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, then learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Phillips Hill Winery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Philo online route builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Philo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Philo: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Phillips Hill Winery ©
Phillips Hill Winery
Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch 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 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at North Coast Brewing Company. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip tool .

Getting from Philo to Fort Bragg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Limantour Beach. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see V. Sattui Winery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Fort Bragg in November, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Limantour Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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