8 days in Carmel, Yosemite National Park & Atlanta Itinerary

8 days in Carmel, Yosemite National Park & Atlanta Itinerary

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8 days in Carmel, Yosemite National Park & Atlanta Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Atlanta
— Few hours
End: Atlanta

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. Appreciate the collections at Sunset Cultural Center and Canepa Motorsports Museum. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Bird Rock Vista Point. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary app .

Atlanta to Carmel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Atlanta in June: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Monterey, Pebble Beach, Canepa Motorsports Museum, National Steinbeck Center
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route planning tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

few
hours
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, then admire the masterpieces at Center for Civil and Human Rights, and then admire the majestic nature at Chastain Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Atlanta itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Atlanta takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Atlanta, with highs around 89°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlanta

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola
Center for Civil and Human Rights ©
Chastain Park ©
Chastain Park

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