9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly

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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grand Central Market, Venice Canals Walkway, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Hollywood Bowl Overlook. There's more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Venice Skatepark and stroll around Exposition Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder site.

Madison to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madison in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 20th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and then hike along May Lake Trailhead. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohono Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Calistoga

— 2 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 22nd (Wed), do a tasting at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oat Hill Mine Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, then walk around Howarth Park, then do a tasting at B. Wise Vineyards, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Calistoga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Calistoga takes 5 hours. In September, Calistoga is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planning site.

Drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calistoga in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.