9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Baltimore

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation maker .

Baltimore to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In August, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Baltimore - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

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Castello di Amorosa, Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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Marin Headlands

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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. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Big Sur, Pacific Grove
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, stroll through Panorama Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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