9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

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 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. 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 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 6th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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, then trek 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 car takes about 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 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick 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 car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect much warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 66°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 · Beaches

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.