20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Miami
tram + Fly:  7​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + tram:  11​h 45​min
Miami

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Miami in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Parks

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Castello di Amorosa, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 26th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Noyo Headlands Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then admire the verdant scenery at Anderson Valley, and then do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards & Winery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip itinerary site .

Drive from San Francisco to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Mendocino. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Parks, #Nature, #Wineries

Side Trips

Philo, Noyo Headlands Park
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Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

2
days
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 28th (Sat): make a trip to Valley View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): hike along May Lake Trailhead and then hike along Merced Grove.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mendocino in April, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Merced Grove ©
Merced Grove
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

4
days
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 Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel River State Beach. Visiting Lovers Point and Scenic Road Walkway will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel route planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 48°F in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
days
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 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Grant Grove.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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Manzanar National Historic Site
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Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

4
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Adelaida Cellars. Take a break from the city and head to Morro Bay National Estuary and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Fess Parker (in Los Olivos) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Sculpterra Winery and look for gifts at Pasolivo Olive Oil.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

#Wineries, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Morro Bay National Estuary, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Fess Parker
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Tablas Creek Vineyard ©
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Castoro Cellars ©
Castoro Cellars
Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden ©

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