7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: New York City

3
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. Visit Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel route app .

New York City to Carmel is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Carmel is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
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 (Sat): wander the streets of Union Square, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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