9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation planning website .

Cedar Rapids to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cedar Rapids to Yosemite National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in August, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Tue), wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll through Golden Gate Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): have fun and explore at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Thu), kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 7th (Fri), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Bradbury Building ©
Bradbury Building

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