9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
San Diego
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights


Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

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 8th (Mon): discover the magic at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Los Angeles. March in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

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 10th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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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 March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, get curious at Exploratorium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in March since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, and finally hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

California travel guide

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.