10 days in California & Crater Lake National Park Itinerary

10 days in California & Crater Lake National Park Itinerary

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10 days in California & Crater Lake National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

1
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, and finally shop like a local with Union Square. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Francisco trip simple and quick.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Francisco. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then stroll through Point Lobos. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pfeiffer State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Carmel to Crater Lake National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park

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Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. On the 6th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and then stop by The Weed Store.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Mount Shasta in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in June, Mount Shasta is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
The Weed Store ©
The Weed Store

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night
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park ©
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Bumpass Hell and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lassen Peak .

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lassen Volcanic National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Lassen Volcanic National Park takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in June: high temperatures in Lassen Volcanic National Park hover around 95°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lassen Peak ©
Lassen Peak
Bumpass Hell ©
Bumpass Hell

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Lassen Volcanic National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Lassen Volcanic National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground

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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 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, trek along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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