9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights

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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, examine the collection at de Young Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marin Headlands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Santa Rosa — 2 nights

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 30th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari West, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then browse the exhibits of Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Rosa sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Sacramento — 2 nights

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Governor's Mansion and then take an in-depth tour of California State Indian Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, get curious at Aerospace Museum of California, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stevens Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento day trip app.

Drive from Santa Rosa to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Rosa in June; daily highs in Sacramento reach 91°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks
Side Trip

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 3rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, then stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Valley View.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 43°F.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.