9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h
End: McAllen

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.
San Diego Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

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McAllen to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from McAllen to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from McAllen in December, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church ©

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Yosemite National Park is colder than San Diego - with highs of 44°F and lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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 9th (Thu): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder app .

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. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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