8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Nashville

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Nashville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nashville to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nashville, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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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 15th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Carmel River State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip builder site .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur driving holiday app .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for San Simeon on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

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Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 18th (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

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You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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