9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Diego
— 3 nights
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenexamine the collection at USS Midway Museum, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach, kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar City Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in April: high temperatures in San Diego hover around °F and lows are around °F. You will leave for San Francisco on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado, South Carlsbad State Beach, Del Mar City Beach, Moonlight State Beach
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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Marin Headlands and Lands End. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planning app.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in April, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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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 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, trek along May Lake Trailhead, thenexplore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Pothole Dome.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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