11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + Bus:  22​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cairo

1
day
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, then stop by The Sacred Space, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally wander the streets of State Street.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara itinerary planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Santa Barbara is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Cairo to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairo in September: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
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The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Chocolate Maya ©
Chocolate Maya

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 29th (Sat), stop by Lucia Apothecary, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Friends of the Elephant Seal
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, look for gifts at Trio Carmel, stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Breakwater.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip builder tool .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Breakwater
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then stop by City Lights Booksellers, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Union Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

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