9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Madison
Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus + Fly:  14​h
Madison

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at Exploratorium, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

Madison to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madison to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Madison in September, with lows around 57°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf

4
days
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, trails, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online itinerary creator.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows

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