11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Sausalito
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive
5
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 1 night
Taxi
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Monterey
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Miami

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and China Beach. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get the adrenaline pumping with RocketBoat, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip website.

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to San Francisco. When traveling from Miami in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Sausalito.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Sausalito

— 2 nights
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, take some stellar pictures from Vista Point, and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Stinson Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sausalito travel route planner.

Sausalito is just a stone's throw from San Francisco. In August, daily temperatures in Sausalito can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 5th (Sat), cool off at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Sausalito to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Sausalito in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Napa

Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station and then stroll through Glass Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg route planner.

Drive from Napa to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Napa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinidad State Beach and then make a trip to Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Redwood National Park sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Redwood National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days in Redwood National Park, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Carmel

— 1 night
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 9th (Wed), take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Carmel. When traveling from Redwood National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey online route planner.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.