7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly:  12​h
1
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  7​h
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Panama City

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day
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip maker .

Panama City, Panama to Carmel is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Panama City to Carmel. When traveling from Panama City in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

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

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then stroll through Glass Beach, and finally stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Fort Bragg reach 41°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino Jams & Preserves
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Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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 6th (Fri): wander the streets of Union Square, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square

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