9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Newark

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sat), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at San Francisco Botanical Garden, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden

1
day
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 10th (Tue): hike along Wawona Meadow, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Wawona Meadow ©
Wawona Meadow

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Plan trip to Carmel with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Trails, #Nature

Side Trip

Old Fisherman's Wharf
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at The Getty Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. In April, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Carmel - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then admire the majestic nature at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Diego online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve ©
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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