12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, walk around Mariposa Grove, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (71°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
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 26th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 27th (Sun), trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then trek along Congress Trail.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 62°F, while days are much warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.