14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 7 nights

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Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Carmel Surf Lessons. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally see Carmel Surf Lessons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel day trip planning tool.

San Jose to Carmel is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 18th (Mon), cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

San Jose

— 7 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Palo Alto (Stanford Memorial Church & Stanford University), Santa Cruz (Natural Bridges State Beach, Mystery Spot, &more) and Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, see where the action happens at SAP Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunnyvale Bay Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Jose travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.