7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jacksonville

2
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Jacksonville to Carmel is an approximately 44-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Carmel is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in December, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 62°F and lows about 43°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

2
nights
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 12th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Union Square, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and finally take a stroll through The Castro.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Shopping Museums
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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