13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Pebble Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur online attractions planner .

San Francisco to Big Sur is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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 10th (Tue), stop by The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Carmel Bay Company, admire the majestic nature at Garrapata State Park, and then hike along Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool .

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Garrapata State Park ©
Garrapata State Park

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and finally savor the flavors at The Wharf Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online journey maker .

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. April in Monterey sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Lovers Point Park ©
Lovers Point Park

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then play a few rounds at Poppy Hills Golf Course. On the next day, tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club and then play a few rounds at Peter Hay Golf Course.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Pebble Beach trip planner .

Pebble Beach is just a short distance from Monterey. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Poppy Hills Golf Course ©
Poppy Hills Golf Course
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Cypress Point Golf Club ©
Cypress Point Golf Club

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Valley View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along May Lake Trailhead, and then take in the natural beauty of Travertine Hot Spring.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pebble Beach to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Pebble Beach in April, with lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Travertine Hot Spring
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Valley View ©
Valley View

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: V. Sattui (in St. Helena), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Sonoma) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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