9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, wander the streets of Chinatown, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°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): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary 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 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally examine the collection at The Grammy Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
On the 10th (Sat), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego online vacation planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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