9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Carmel
— 1 night
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
5
San Diego
— 2 nights

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Musee Mecanique. Shop till you drop at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online journey planner.

Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to San Francisco. In August, San Francisco is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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 7th (Wed): make a trip to Olmsted Point, thentrek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel site.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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.
On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, thenmake a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, thenkick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 12 hours. Expect much warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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