8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
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. On the 30th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

Newark to Carmel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Carmel is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in Carmel at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg tour planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Fort Bragg in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

Plan my trip to Yosemite National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 46°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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