4 days in West Coast Itinerary

4 days in West Coast Itinerary

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4 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planning tool .

Minneapolis to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Minneapolis in September, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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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 28th (Sat), take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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 29th (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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