9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Bus:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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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 where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel site .

Boston to Big Sur is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect Big Sur to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 55°F. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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day
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 16th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect 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 up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

4
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.
Visiting North Dome and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, trek along Panorama Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online route planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are colder (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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nights
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 21st (Sun): engage your brain at Exploratorium and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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