11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planning website.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Boston - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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St. Helena — 1 night

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the St. Helena online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Wineries · Tours
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Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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 2nd (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from St. Helena in July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 5th (Fri), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 2 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Sat), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and then hike along Partington Cove.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.
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