9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly

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Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 15th (Mon), shop like a local with Rodeo Drive, then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Portland to Santa Monica is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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 17th (Wed), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then get lost in a book at Coronado Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 19th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much hotter (94°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.