29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Solvang
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Arcata
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Cincinnati

3
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 Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, and see the interesting displays at Travel Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Cincinnati to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Solvang Antiques and Jalama Beach. For shopping fun, head to Wildling Museum of Art and Nature or Visitor Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Solvang: Casa Dumetz Wines (in Los Alamos) and Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines & Montemar Winery). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Solvang online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Solvang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Solvang, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Lompoc, Casa Dumetz Wines
Highlights from your plan
Stolpman Vineyards ©
Stolpman Vineyards
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker

3
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). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Hearst Castle. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip maker site .

Getting from Solvang to Cambria by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Jack Creek Celllars, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ocean Avenue and Carmel Art Association. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Coast Gallery Big Sur, & more). Spend the 29th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Photography West Gallery, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take a stroll around Civic Center, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 5th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, snap pictures at Albion River Bridge, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars

4
nights
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Trinidad Art Gallery and Battery Point Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arcata Farmers' Market and Trinidad State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arcata: Klamath (Trees of Mystery & Wilson Creek Beach), Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove) and Clendenen's Cider Works (in Fortuna). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Camel Rock, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, and look for all kinds of wild species at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Arcata trip app .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Arcata in 3 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in September, expect nights in Arcata to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinidad, Klamath, Crescent City, Clendenen's Cider Works, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, see a world frozen in time at Bodie, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arcata to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Arcata in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are slightly colder (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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