9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  22​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Amritsar

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and stroll through Point Lobos.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning website .

Amritsar, India to Carmel is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Amritsar to Carmel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amritsar in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Capitan and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Vista Point
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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