12 days in Maryland, Yosemite National Park & Santa Cruz Itinerary

12 days in Maryland, Yosemite National Park & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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Ocean City
— 1 night
2
Baltimore
— 3 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
4
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights

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night
Ocean City

Ocean City ©
One of the country's favorite vacation resorts, Ocean City draws nearly 8 million visitors annually with its oceanfront boardwalk, clean beaches, and amusement parks.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean City Beach and then take in the waterfront at Ocean City Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Assateague State Park, tee off at Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, thensee the interesting displays at Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ocean City online driving holiday planner.

Washington DC to Ocean City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in Ocean City are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baltimore.

Things to do in Ocean City

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Berlin
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Ocean City Beach ©
Ocean City Beach
Ocean City Boardwalk ©
Ocean City Boardwalk
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links ©
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links

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Baltimore

Baltimore ©
A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Explore Baltimore's surroundings by going to Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Susan Campbell Park). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Horseshoe Casino, meet the residents at National Aquarium, don't miss a visit to National Katyn Memorial, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Baltimore driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ocean City to Baltimore in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Annapolis
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Sagamore Spirit Distillery ©
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy

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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 29th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, thenget great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, thenmake a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Baltimore to Yosemite National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Baltimore to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Baltimore in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around °F, while days are slightly colder, around °F. You'll set off for Santa Cruz on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Cruz: Carmel (Point Lobos & Scenic Road Walkway), Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, &more) and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and take a leisurely stroll along Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip builder app.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 13.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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