12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + subway:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Phoenix
— 3 nights
End: Phoenix

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks and then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

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

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
China Beach ©
China Beach

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 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Big River, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then learn about winemaking at Pacific Star Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, then do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

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Getting from San Francisco to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Big River ©
Big River
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

1
night
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), trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Valley View, then get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally hike along Four Mile Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fort Bragg in September, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 74°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
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 1st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the striking features of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Desert Botanical Garden and Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Get a sense of the local culture at Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum. Explore Phoenix's surroundings by going to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (in Coolidge), THE BOULDERS (in Carefree) and Troon North Golf Club (in Scottsdale). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale, make a trip to Mill Avenue District, learn about winemaking at Aridus Wine Company, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piestewa Peak.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Phoenix online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Phoenix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Carmel, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Mill Avenue District, THE BOULDERS
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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