9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Panorama Trail and Lembert Dome. Visiting Four Mile Trail and Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, explore the activities along Gaylor Lake, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Newark in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

2
nights
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. On the 15th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire all the interesting features of Lovers Point, and finally learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Mission San Juan Bautista, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Mission San Juan Bautista, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, then stroll through Lands End, then identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stinson Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco journey site .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Stinson Beach, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Lands End ©
Lands End
Stinson Beach ©
Stinson Beach

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