11 days in California & Utah Itinerary

11 days in California & Utah Itinerary

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11 days in California & Utah Itinerary

Start: Moncton
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h
4
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Moncton

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Moncton, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Moncton to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Moncton in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu), explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then trek along Partington Cove, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then trek along Angel's Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zion National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the landscape on two wheels at Hurrah Pass Road, then admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and then stroll through Double Down Bike Shop. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Lions Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

Plan my trip to Moab with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moab, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Lions Park ©
Lions Park

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