5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 day
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the next day, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then shop like a local with Union Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Seaside Beach, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Fort Bragg are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

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. When traveling from Fort Bragg in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Breakwater
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Breakwater ©
Breakwater
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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