14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Stockholm
Fly + subway:  13​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
Stockholm

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, tee off at Lincoln Park, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary creator.

Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Stockholm to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Stockholm, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
China Beach
China Beach

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 2nd (Thu), stop by The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife Nature Outdoors
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

2
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego vacation builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica online itinerary creator.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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