9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Anaheim
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, admire all the interesting features of Golden Gate Park, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In June, San Francisco is cooler than Dallas - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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 (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and finally get great views at Tunnel View. On the next day, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planning 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. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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 30th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Anaheim online day trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Anaheim by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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