4 days in California Itinerary

4 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner
Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive
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Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive

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San Francisco — 1 day

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mendocino.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Mendocino — 1 night

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Mendocino Coast and then walk around Mendocino Area Parks Association.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Mendocino hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Half Dome. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mendocino in September; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.