9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco. Traveling from Toronto in December, you will find days in San Francisco are warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

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

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

4
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Travel Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip site .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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