9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 15th (Thu): make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey builder .

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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
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.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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