11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Albany

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Albany to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Albany in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West, Modus Operandi Cellars
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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 Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Asilomar State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taft Point and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, stroll through Panorama Trail, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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