3 days in California Itinerary

3 days in California Itinerary

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3 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Sacramento

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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 (Mon): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner.

Sacramento to San Francisco is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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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. On the 18th (Wed), stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online tour builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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