9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Muir Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Tampa

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night
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 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Tampa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Muir Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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Muir Beach

Muir Beach ©
Muir Beach is a census designated place (CDP), unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.5mi northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, get great views at Muir Beach Overlook, and then stroll around Stinson Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Muir Beach day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Muir Beach takes an hour. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Muir Beach, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Muir Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Stinson Beach ©
Stinson Beach

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip builder app .

Drive from Muir Beach to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Traveling from Muir Beach in July, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

Make your Monterey itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour website .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy.

You can plan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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