17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Miami
plane:  44​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Miami

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Project Survival's Cat Haven, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Miami to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 44-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. When traveling from Miami in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

4
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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and El Capitan. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, get great views at Washburn Point, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach, kick back and relax at Pacifica State Beach, and then hike along Mori Point. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Poplar Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacifica, Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, San Gregorio State Beach, Poplar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacifica State Beach ©
Pacifica State Beach
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Poplar Beach ©
Poplar Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You will leave for Monterey on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, and then walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning app .

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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