14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  3​h
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip tool .

San Francisco to Big Sur is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, USS Hornet Museum and Hiller Aviation Museum. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Safari West in Santa Rosa, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Hiller Aviation Museum, Safari West, USS Hornet Museum
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, and other attractions you added. On the 9th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at Canepa Motorsports Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Ano Nuevo State Reserve, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Canepa Motorsports Museum, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then hike along Moro Rock.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey maker site .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Santa Cruz in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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