9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Baltimore to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Baltimore in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Castello di Amorosa
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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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. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carmel are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online visit planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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