9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Quebec City

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). Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally shop like a local with artifacts gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, stroll through Moonstone Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria online itinerary planner .

Quebec City, Canada to Cambria is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Quebec City in October, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are much warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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 22nd (Tue): get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Carmel in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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night
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 24th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery

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