9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: College Station
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: College Station

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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 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

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College Station to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. March in San Diego sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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 (Sun), examine the collection at The Getty Center, shop like a local with Hammer Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, then make a trip to Montana Avenue, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get in touch with nature at North Dome and McGurk Meadow. Spend the 11th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in March, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 53°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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North Dome ©
North Dome
Fishing Charters & Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, then shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online vacation planner .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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