40 days in Monterey & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Monterey
— 36 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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Monterey — 36 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Aptos (Manresa State Beach, Rio Del Mar State Beach, &more), Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Pleasure Point Beach, &more) and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through China Cove, and don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Monterey. In April, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): hike along Mariposa Grove, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monterey to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Monterey in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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