9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Rochester

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online attractions planner.

Rochester to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rochester to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Joshua Tree National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature · Parks
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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 1st (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, then head outdoors with Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then hike along Moro Rock Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

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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.