9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Napa Valley Wine Country Tours as well as Muir Woods National Monument. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and finally indulge your taste buds at Napa Valley Wine Country Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Twin Peaks, trek along Lands End, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online vacation builder .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Napa Valley Wine Country Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, then enjoy some diversion at Commons Beach Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Truckee travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Truckee takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Truckee are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sand Harbor, Commons Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park

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.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Truckee in July, Yosemite National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

few
hours
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden Gate Promenade.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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