16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Point Arena
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Milan

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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.
On the 20th (Sat), take a memorable ride with Cable Cars. On your second day here, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Milan to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

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Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 23rd (Tue), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schooner Gulch State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sea Ranch Chapel.

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Drive from Fort Bragg to Point Arena in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Gualala Point Regional Park, Sea Ranch Chapel
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Sea Ranch Chapel ©
Sea Ranch Chapel

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and finally get great views at Tunnel View. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then immerse yourself in nature at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation website .

Traveling by car from Point Arena to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Point Arena in October, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Lee Vining
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, identify plant and animal life at Project Survival's Cat Haven, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Project Survival's Cat Haven
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Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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 31st (Wed), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online journey builder .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

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Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Carmel in November, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Moonstone Beach
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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