7 days in Monterey, Yosemite National Park & Big Sur Itinerary

7 days in Monterey, Yosemite National Park & Big Sur Itinerary

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Monterey
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. California Sea Otter Game Refuge has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, identify plant and animal life at California Sea Otter Game Refuge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planning website.

Orlando to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Orlando in July: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

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Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and then admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Big Sur to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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