5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bakersfield
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Bakersfield

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Panorama Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): get great views at Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Bakersfield in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
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 (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then wander the streets of Union Square.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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