26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  25​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Manama

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Nevada Falls Loop and Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Manama in July, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Giant Forest. Do some cultural sightseeing at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone Beach and artifacts gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works and get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

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Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria by bus takes about 6 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cambria when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see McWay Falls in Big Sur, approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 3rd (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pudding Creek Beach and Van Damme State Park. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, get a taste of the local shopping with Ananse Village, and hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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