8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip tool.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In August, San Francisco is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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. On the 21st (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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