11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Brussels
train + Fly:  16​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Ukiah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Brussels

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 27°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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California Academy of Sciences
Twin Peaks
Ferry Building Marketplace

3
days
Ukiah

Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Courthouse Museum and Grace Hudson Museum-Sun House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barra of Mendocino and Mendocino County Museum. Step out of Ukiah to go to Philo and see Navarro Vineyards & Winery, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Saracina Vineyards.

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Getting from San Francisco to Ukiah by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Ukiah, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Philo, Historic Courthouse Museum, Mendocino County Museum, Saracina Vineyards, Barra of Mendocino
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Barra of Mendocino
Historic Courthouse Museum
Mendocino County Museum

1
day
Mendocino

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 21st (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally steep yourself in history at Kelley House Museum.

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Traveling by car from Ukiah to Mendocino takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Mendocino

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery
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Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery
Ford House Visitor Center & Museum
Kelley House Museum

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel custom trip planner.

Drive from Mendocino to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mendocino in September: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

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Beaches Outdoors Wildlife
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Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Glassworks and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Woodland Auto Display, see the interesting displays at Estrella Warbird Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles online itinerary creator.

Drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Elephant Seal Rookery, Harmony Glassworks
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Moonstone Beach
Estrella Warbird Museum
Woodland Auto Display

1
day
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Chocolate Maya, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then make a trip to State Street.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Chocolate Maya

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