32 days in Alaska, Yellowstone National Park & California Itinerary

32 days in Alaska, Yellowstone National Park & California Itinerary

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32 days in Alaska, Yellowstone National Park & California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
Anchorage
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Friends of Eagle River Nature and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Make the 3rd (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, meet the residents at Alaska Zoo, and explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Anchorage driving holiday app .

Manchester, UK to Anchorage is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 9 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Anchorage reach 1°C and lows reach -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Anchorage

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
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Friends of Eagle River Nature ©
Friends of Eagle River Nature
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Chugach National Forest ©
Chugach National Forest

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Teton and Lamar Valley. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, explore and take pictures at Yellowstone Institute, trek along Storm Point Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Anchorage in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baker Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Montara State Beach in Montara, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In March, San Francisco is warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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. On the 16th (Fri), stroll through Lovers Point and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online journey planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature Center at Happy Isles and May Lake Trailhead. On the 21st (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

3
nights
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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Hermosa Beach and see Hermosa Beach Pier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look for gifts at Magicopolis.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica online vacation maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Monica, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

5
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. Visit La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip app .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. In March in San Diego, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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