8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Eureka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Eureka tour site .

Washington DC to Eureka is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Eureka to be slightly colder, around 54°F, while days are colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcata Farmers' Market, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Camel Rock
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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, and finally stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fort Bragg day trip planning site .

You can drive from Eureka to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Eureka in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are much hotter, around 95°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery

2
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. Step out of the city life by going to Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as The Cheese Shop and Carmel Art Association. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, view the masterpieces at Photography West Gallery, and shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

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You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
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). Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stop by Harmony Pottery Works, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cambria online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Harmony Pottery Works, Elephant Seal Rookery
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works

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