9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Sacramento
Drive
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carmel
— 1 day
Taxi
5
Monterey
Drive
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
8
San Luis Obispo
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sacramento day trip website.

Little Rock to Sacramento is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Sacramento is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Little Rock in June since evenings lows in Sacramento dip to 58°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa online itinerary builder.

Getting from Sacramento to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in June, expect Napa to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Presidio of San Francisco as well as Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then stroll around Presidio of San Francisco.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Napa in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites

Carmel

— 1 day
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then learn about winemaking at Folktale Winery & Vineyard, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trip

Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at AiX and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monterey vacation maker tool.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You will leave for Cambria on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 15th (Sat), take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cambria holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Cambria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Big Sur in June: highs in Cambria hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at The Shell Shop.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cambria to San Luis Obispo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then explore the galleries of Ansel Adams Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning site.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Loch Leven Lakes Trail, then steep yourself in history at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, then grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, and finally look for gifts at Evangeline's. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beals Point and then grab your bike and head to Lower American River.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sacramento travel site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, Sacramento is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 91°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.