12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Montreal

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Mon), wander the streets of Twin Peaks.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Montreal - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 3rd (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, hike along Stout Grove, and then kick back and relax at Point St George Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Crescent City trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 19°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Trails Nature
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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Seaside Beach, then admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Crescent City to Fort Bragg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Crescent City, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

1
day
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 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online visit planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and then trek along Panorama Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 9th (Tue): hike along Moro Rock, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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