14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Hamburg
Fly:  15​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Ferndale
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Hamburg

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sun), get into the urban bustle at Civic Center. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Union Square, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Hamburg, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Hamburg to San Francisco. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

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#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mendocino route planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Glass Beach
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Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery

1
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Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ferndale Historic Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ferndale road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Ferndale takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mendocino in July, you will find days in Ferndale are much colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Ferndale

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums

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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Golden Gait Mercantile ©
Golden Gait Mercantile

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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. On the 20th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Cannery Row.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Ferndale to Carmel with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Cannery Row
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

2
days
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 24th (Tue): take a stroll through State Street, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online route builder .

Drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Montana Avenue, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally stop by Bergamot Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stop by The Original Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

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Los Angeles
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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