8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Minneapolis

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 13th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Minneapolis to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Minneapolis to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Minneapolis in July, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 16th (Tue), make a trip to Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

1
night
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 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Union Square, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island.

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You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendocino Coast, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, and then admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
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Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park

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