11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Oakland
Drive:  2​h
1
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Oakland
— 1 night
End: Oakland

2
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park and then admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sonoma trip maker app .

Oakland to Sonoma is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Oakland in May, plan for little chillier nights in Sonoma, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jack London State Historic Park, Bothe-Napa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Bothe-Napa State Park ©
Bothe-Napa State Park

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 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip website .

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Sonoma in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Strawberry Hill ©
Strawberry Hill

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For reviews and tourist information, read our Monterey holiday app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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.
On the 21st (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Big Sur holiday maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Coast Gallery Big Sur ©
Coast Gallery Big Sur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oakland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Oakland

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Oakland Museum of California and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oakland road trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Oakland by combination of car and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Oakland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oakland

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, Fourth Street
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Oakland Museum of California ©
Oakland Museum of California
Fourth Street ©
Fourth Street

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