11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): trek along Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at AiX, then stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, AiX, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain, look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and then wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Palm Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Palm Springs is warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 49°C and lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

El Paseo Shopping District
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Wabi Sabi Japan Living ©
Wabi Sabi Japan Living

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 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego route planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in August, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dana Point Harbor, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Dana Point Harbor ©
Dana Point Harbor

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, then stop by LA Farmers' Market, then catch a live performance at Third Street Promenade, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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