19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 14 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Miami

14
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodega Head and Salt Point State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Sacramento (Old Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, & more). Dedicate the 27th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fort Ross State Historic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bodega Dunes, take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot, and identify plant and animal life at Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Miami in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenner, Bodega Bay, Sacramento, Point Reyes National Seashore, Mill Valley
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Wine Tours & Tastings
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): hike along Four Mile Trail, get great views at Valley View, and then hike along Panorama Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 13th (Sat), appreciate the history behind A National Salute to Bob Hope & the Military, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Diego Botanic Garden, and finally stroll through Moonlight State Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 77°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Encinitas
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
San Diego Botanic Garden ©
San Diego Botanic Garden
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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