9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 1 night
Fly
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Mon), make a trip to Lombard Street and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and then have some family-friendly fun at 7D-Experience.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool.

Columbus to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at West End Beach, then glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Truckee online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Truckee is slightly colder at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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San Diego

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 25th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planner.

You can fly from Truckee to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Truckee in July, plan for slightly colder days and much hotter nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online journey builder.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.