12 days in Denver & California Itinerary

12 days in Denver & California Itinerary

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12 days in Denver & California Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
+2
Fly + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  19​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Stockholm


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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Stockholm to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in May, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Denver

Childrens Museums Museums Nightlife
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Step out of San Francisco to go to Moss Beach and see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Denver to San Francisco by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Denver in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
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. On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Carmel are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife Beaches Trails
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The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and then stroll through Santa Monica Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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