9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
— 4 nights


San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moonstone Beach and Nitt Witt Ridge. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Rosa Catholic Church and Hearst Castle. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park, and take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

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New York City to San Simeon is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Simeon. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 12th (Mon): make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, trek along Mariposa Grove, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails


— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Visiting Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pfeiffer State Beach and McAbee Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from China Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey vacation maker website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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.