10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: San Diego

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Santa Barbara

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.
For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder.

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in June since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Neighborhoods Outdoors Shopping
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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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. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Carmel by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

National Steinbeck Center, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and Union Square. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at The Exploratorium, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, and wander the streets of North Beach.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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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.
For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites
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