19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + taxi:  19​h
1
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
bus:  5​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Calistoga tour itinerary planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Calistoga is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect colder evenings in Calistoga when traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Big River, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg road trip tool .

You can drive from Calistoga to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Pennyroyal Farm, then immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, do a tasting at Roederer Estate, learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Toulouse Vineyards.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Philo journey planning app .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Philo in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Philo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pennyroyal Farm, Gualala Point Regional Park, Schooner Gulch State Beach
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Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then hike along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey maker site .

Getting from Philo to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philo in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 27°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, and finally steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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Santa Barbara

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.
On the 16th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, stop by The Sacred Space, then stroll through Butterfly Beach, and finally take a stroll through State Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Koehler Winery, do a tasting at Tercero Wines, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Epiphany Cellars.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip tool .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, The Sacred Space, Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Epiphany Cellars ©
Epiphany Cellars

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nights
Paso Robles

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Fratelli Perata Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, do a tasting at Epoch Estate Wines, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip planning tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Epoch Estate Wines, Morro Rock
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fratelli Perata Winery ©
Fratelli Perata Winery

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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Del Mar Beach and Breakwater. Escape the urban bustle at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer State Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in September, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Breakwater
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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