9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Baker Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and take a stroll around Civic Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website .

Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
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 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary 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 March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 23°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Bergamot Station. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Our Lady Queen of Angels. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Oak Canyon Nature Center). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

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. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 74°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

1
night
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 28th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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