8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Kalamazoo

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally stroll through Noyo Headlands Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip planner .

Kalamazoo to Fort Bragg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Highlight Gallery
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Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Ananse Village ©
Ananse Village

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Wed), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a stroll through Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are cooler, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cambria itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Cambria are much warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Seal Rookery
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): trek along Moro Rock, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

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Take a bus from Cambria to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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