40 days in Monterey & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

40 days in Monterey & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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40 days in Monterey & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Monterey
1
Monterey
— 36 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Monterey

36
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point Lobos. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Pleasure Point Beach, & more) and Aptos (Manresa State Beach, Rio Del Mar State Beach, & more). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey journey site .

If you are flying in from Denmark, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Big Sur
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
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.
You've now added Mariposa Grove to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -8°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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