9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Knoxville

1
night
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 12th (Fri): make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Knoxville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Knoxville to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Knoxville in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, wander the streets of SoMa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are much hotter (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mingei International Museum ©
Mingei International Museum

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