11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Los Angeles
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Los Angeles

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You've now added Carmel Food Tours to your itinerary. On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then let your taste buds guide you at Carmel Food Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Los Angeles to Carmel is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Carmel is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop
Carmel Food Tours
Carmel Food Tours

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Fisherman's Wharf, Ferry Building Marketplace, Alcatraz Island, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Napa.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balloon Rides. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): do a tasting at Jarvis Winery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then make a trip to Vella Cheese Company of California.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Napa online trip maker .

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Napa, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Vella Cheese Company of California
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Balloon Rides
Vella Cheese Company of California ©
Jarvis Winery ©
Jarvis Winery

2
days
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anderson's Bicycle Rental, Cascade Falls Trail and Magic Carpet Golf. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get outside with Anderson's Bicycle Rental, then explore the activities along Fallen Leaf Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valhalla at Lake Tahoe. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Cascade Falls Trail, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and finally get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip maker tool .

Getting from Napa to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than Napa - with highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Falls Trail
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe
Anderson's Bicycle Rental ©
Anderson's Bicycle Rental

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally cruise along Tioga Pass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. May in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off toSequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roaring River Falls as well as Giant Forest. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
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Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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