9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through SoMa, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and then shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Bergamot Station, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Santa Monica is warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. On the 4th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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