9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and North Dome. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim road trip planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In March, Anaheim is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anaheim in March: highs in San Diego hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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