9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Dallas

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum and then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are much colder (14°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online attractions planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are warmer (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

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Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get your bearings at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Simeon in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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