9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Klamath
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Miami

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning site .

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. On the 14th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, hike along Trillium Falls Hike, then examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery.

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Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Klamath with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Klamath hover around 62°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Trillium Falls Hike, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

1
day
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 15th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then hike along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online travel route builder .

Explore your travel options from Klamath to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Klamath, expect much warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, hike along Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 69°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
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 (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens, and finally enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

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Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 101°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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