22 days in Portland & California Itinerary

22 days in Portland & California Itinerary

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22 days in Portland & California Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Las Vegas

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
We've included these beaches for you: Hug Point State Recreation Site and Rockaway Beach Wayside. Flavel House Museum and Columbia River Highway are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Portland, make a side trip to see Astoria Oregon Riverwalk in Astoria, approximately 2 hours away. It doesn't end there: stop by Powell's City of Books and explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Portland route planner.

Bristol, UK to Portland is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In August, daytime highs in Portland are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Columbia River Highway, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Flavel House Museum ©
Flavel House Museum

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Mendocino Coast, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, then stroll through Glass Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Portland to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

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 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

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Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Simeon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone 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. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ocean Avenue and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey maker app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Natural Bridges State Beach, Lovers Point, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Musee Mecanique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and step aboard USS Pampanito.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco holiday builder site .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Bergamot Station and Camarillo Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), El Matador State Beach (in Malibu) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Mission San Juan Capistrano, El Matador State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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