9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Union Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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. On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive and then stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach and then don't miss a visit to State Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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