12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Indianapolis

2
days
San Diego

San Diego
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Sunset Cliffs. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

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Indianapolis to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 68°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

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Parks Nature Trails

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Big Sur
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

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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. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 24th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, then browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and then look for gifts at Boudin Bistro.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

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Shopping Wildlife Parks

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Marin Headlands
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Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square
Civic Center ©
Civic Center
Boudin Bistro
Boudin Bistro

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