10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h
End: Boston

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Shuttle Tours, Alcatraz Island, and other attractions. On the 15th (Mon), make a trip to Lombard Street, then take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally make a trip to Ghirardelli Square. On the next day, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the local landmarks with San Francisco Shuttle Tours, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel planning app .

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 17th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Oracle Arena, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at North Dome, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Oracle Arena
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes General Grant Tree Trail, Grant Grove and Kings Canyon Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Kings Canyon Visitor Center, then take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and then trek along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 98°F and lows about 66°F. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Kings Canyon Visitor Center ©
Kings Canyon Visitor Center

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Trees Trail, Giant Forest Museum, Crystal Cave, and other attractions you added. On the 20th (Sat), trek along Big Trees Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, make a trip to Tunnel Log, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then get answers to all your questions at Giant Forest Museum, and finally Head underground at Crystal Cave.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker .

You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Crystal Cave ©
Crystal Cave

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ragged Point, Big Sur Station and Big Sur. On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Sur, get answers to all your questions at Big Sur Station, and then get great views at Ragged Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Big Sur hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.
Highlights from your plan
Big Sur Station ©
Big Sur Station

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 23rd (Tue), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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