9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel itinerary planner.

Memphis to Carmel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Memphis in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around °F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

17-Mile Drive
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, thenstep off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lincoln Park, thentake a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally visit Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and hike along May Lake Trailhead.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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