11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Appleton

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through Mission Beach Park.

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Appleton to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Appleton in July, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary app .

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, wander the streets of Chinatown, and stroll through China Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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