9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Omaha

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg day trip planner.

Omaha to Fort Bragg is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Omaha to Fort Bragg. In May, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

2
nights
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). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at artifacts gallery and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Visiting Piedras Blancas and Elephant Seal Rookery will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip app .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Cambria by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cambria are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel driving holiday tool .

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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