10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Boston

1
night
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 (Fri), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder.

Boston to Carmel is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Carmel due to the time zone difference. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Big Sur itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Pass and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, play a few rounds at Wawona Golf Course, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Big Sur in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Napa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May; daily highs in Napa reach 73°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa
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Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Fri), take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Union Square, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and then wander the streets of SoMa (South of Market Street).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Napa in May, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (53°F). On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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