11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 2nd (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Step out of the city life by going to Monterey Bay and Partington Cove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer State Beach). Spend the 6th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Monterey sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
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 Panorama Trail and Tunnel View. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planning site .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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