8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Monroe
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Monroe

3
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.
Visiting Taft Point and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Monroe to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Monroe in August, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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. On the 15th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
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 16th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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