9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 1 night
— 2 nights
San Simeon
— 2 nights


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.
Visit Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Pioneer Yosemite History Center for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Cooks Meadow Loop, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohono Trail.

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Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

San Simeon — 2 nights

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip

California travel guide

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.