9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online day trip planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sat), look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Craft & Folk Art Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit site .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
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 8th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, then shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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