9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Bus:  8​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Portland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Mono Basin Historical Society and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie State Historic Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Portland to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Portland in June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mono Basin Historical Society, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Basin Historical Society ©
Mono Basin Historical Society

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and then see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
On the 14th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take an in-depth tour of Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then examine the collection at Cambria Historical Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Simeon online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Cambria Historical Museum ©
Cambria Historical Museum

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. On the 15th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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 16th (Sun): examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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