8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Newark

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Carmel

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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 6th (Tue), stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): cruise along West Cliff Drive, then immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 60°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

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Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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