32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ontario
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Geyserville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Philo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Ontario

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Western Film History and Eastern California Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manzanar National Historic Site and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Venture out of the city with trips to Laws Railroad Museum (in Bishop) and Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Ontario to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Independence, Laws Railroad Museum, Museum of Western Film History, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Laws Railroad Museum ©
Laws Railroad Museum

5
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 and Mono County Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentinel Dome and Northern Mariposa County History Center. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Geyserville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Northern Mariposa County History Center
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum

4
nights
Geyserville

Geyserville ©
Geyserville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, USA. Relax by the water at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pride Mountain Vineyards and Ramazzotti Wine Tasting. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geyserville: Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's more to do: do a tasting at Brassfield Estate Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Geyserville tour builder site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Geyserville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Geyserville dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Geyserville

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, St. Helena, Clearlake Oaks, Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

4
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Gualala Point Regional Park. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Husch Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Philo: Point Arena (Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA & Schooner Gulch State Beach). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Philo road trip website .

Traveling by car from Geyserville to Philo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Geyserville in August: highs in Philo hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards
Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Cabrillo Light Station and Ford House Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Briceland Vineyards and The Immortal Tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fort Bragg: Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville), Mendocino County Museum (in Willits) and Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, stroll through Seaside Beach, take an in-depth tour of Kelley House Museum, and look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip app .

You can drive from Philo to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Briceland Vineyards, The Immortal Tree, Mendocino County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands 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. Explore hidden gems such as Pebble Beach Golf Links and San Carlos Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Point Pinos Lighthouse and Hawthorne Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and make a trip to Cannery Row.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Point Pinos Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piedras Blancas and Mission San Antonio de Padua. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Moonstone Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (in King City). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles tour builder site .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Templeton, San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

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