12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Big Sur
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, and hike along California Coastal Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park visit planner.

Queens to Redwood National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Queens to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Queens in July, expect nights in Redwood National Park to be a bit cooler, around 52°F, while days are colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Take a break from Big Sur with a short trip to Pinnacles National Park in Paicines, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Partington Cove, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planning app.

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Big Sur with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 9th (Fri), stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz, then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then do a tasting at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 11th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mariposa Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Tue), go for a walk through Lombard Street.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planning website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.