27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
2
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Moscow

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.
Visiting Sentinel Dome and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

Moscow, Russia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Moscow to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Moscow in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. You'll set off for Eureka on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

3
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ferndale Historic Cemetery and Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Eureka to Ferndale to see The Victorian Village of Ferndale about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the majestic nature at Sequoia Park Garden, and stroll through Moonstone Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Eureka tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Eureka takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect much colder days and a bit warmer nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Ferndale, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Head to Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Booksfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Noyo Headlands Park and Big River. There's lots more to do: stroll through Seaside Beach, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve, and contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Eureka to Fort Bragg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Eureka, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Philo.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gualala Point Regional Park and Sea Ranch Chapel. Get a sense of the local culture at Handley Cellars Winery and The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Venture out of the city with trips to Schooner Gulch State Beach (in Point Arena) and Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, & more). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Philo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Philo takes 1.5 hours. In July in Philo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Sea Ranch Chapel, Schooner Gulch State Beach, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Sea Ranch Chapel ©
Sea Ranch Chapel

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mountain Light Gallery and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Western Film History and Eastern California Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Three Rivers (The Senate, The Presidente tree, & more), Mount Whitney Trail (in Lone Pine) and Little Lakes Valley Trail (in Bishop). There's much more to do: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, stroll through Mt. Whitney, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Philo to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Philo in July, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Three Rivers, Lone Pine, Independence, Bishop
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

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.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach, view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, then view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery, and finally admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing.

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Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

6
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. Visit Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row Antique Mall for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Asilomar State Beach and McWay Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more) and National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas). The adventure continues: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and go for a walk through Ocean Avenue.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel holiday planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, National Steinbeck Center
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

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