10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey visit planner .

Detroit to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Monterey due to the time zone difference. In July, Monterey is little chillier than Detroit - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online attractions planner .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Senate (in Three Rivers) and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (in Yosemite National Park). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and cruise along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (98°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mariposa Grove, The Senate
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Oracle Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour builder .

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be little chillier, around 57°F, while days are cooler, around 73°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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