5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take a stroll through Union Square.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel route planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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