11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Santa Monica
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Solvang
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Fortaleza

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night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 8th (Tue), explore the activities along Big River, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, then do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip planner .

Santa Monica to Fort Bragg is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fort Bragg, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
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Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fort Bragg in October, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Carmel, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 14th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. On your second day here, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Pottery Works, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cambria online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Harmony Pottery Works
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards, then admire the masterpieces at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, then don't miss a visit to Visitor Center, and finally browse for treasures at Solvang Antiques.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Solvang attractions website .

You can drive from Cambria to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Solvang

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Los Olivos
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Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Wildling Museum of Art and Nature ©
Wildling Museum of Art and Nature

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