12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Bridgeport
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Getty Center, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and then examine the collection at The Grammy Museum.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder tool .

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites

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Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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hours
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. On the 7th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Bodie State Historic Park and then see a world frozen in time at Bodie.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bridgeport day trip planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Bridgeport in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Bridgeport, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Bridgeport

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Bodie
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bodie ©
Bodie

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Roundman's Smoke House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Glass Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach, get engrossed in the history at Kelley House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bridgeport to Fort Bragg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bridgeport in September, with highs in Fort Bragg at 36°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Mendocino
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Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

2
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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos State Reserve and Del Mar Beach. You'll explore and learn at Hawthorne Gallery and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Carlos Cathedral
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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