17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bridgeport
— 1 night
Drive
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Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel — 2 nights

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. Discovery Whale Watch has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel travel route planner.

London, UK to Carmel is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Carmel due to the time zone difference. June in Carmel sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

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 15th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, get your bearings at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon route maker site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Beaches
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and finally kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter and then do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Valley View, and take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park attractions website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park sightseeing tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bridgeport.
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Bridgeport — 1 night

Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Travertine Hot Spring and then steep yourself in history at Bodie State Historic Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bridgeport online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Bridgeport takes 4 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect Bridgeport to be cooler, temps between 30°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 2 nights

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Parallel Napa Valley, then learn about winemaking at Trinchero Napa Valley, and finally do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then do a tasting at VGS Chateau Potelle, then admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Calistoga day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bridgeport to Calistoga takes 5 hours. Traveling from Bridgeport in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Calistoga, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and finally admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll the grounds of San Francisco National Cemetery, and finally explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Calistoga, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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