11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Muir Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Columbia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
9
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Muir Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

few
hours
Muir Beach

Muir Beach ©
Muir Beach is a census designated place (CDP), unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.5mi northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, then take in the history at WildCare, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Muir Beach trip site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Muir Beach in an hour. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Muir Beach are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Napa.

Things to do in Muir Beach

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, WildCare, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
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Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve ©
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
WildCare ©
WildCare

few
hours
Napa

Napa
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.
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa road trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Napa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

#Wineries, #Outdoors, #Parks

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip planner .

You can drive from Napa to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Napa in August: highs in Sacramento hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. You will leave for South Lake Tahoe on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Sacramento

#Wineries, #Parks, #Outdoors

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in August, things will get slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Columbia.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

few
hours
Columbia

Columbia ©
Columbia is a town located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in Tuolumne County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Tuolumne County Museum, then savor the flavors at Columbia Candy Kitchen, and then admire the majestic nature at Columbia State Historic Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Columbia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Columbia in 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Columbia: highs are around 39°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Columbia

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Tuolumne County Museum
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Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park
Tuolumne County Museum ©
Tuolumne County Museum
Columbia Candy Kitchen ©
Columbia Candy Kitchen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Columbia to Yosemite National Park in 2 hours. In August, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Columbia - with highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Giant Forest has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary builder site .

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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