5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  7​h
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): trek along Big Sur.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Boston to Big Sur is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Boston to Big Sur, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in August, with highs in Big Sur at 70°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Carmel
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, trek along Wawona Meadow, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

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You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Wawona Meadow ©
Wawona Meadow
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Fort Bragg is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 88°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

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