9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get curious at Exploratorium, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find photos and tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planning app .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Philadelphia - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 21st (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon journey planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur--about 1 hour away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park and then admire the majestic nature at Bodie State Historic Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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