9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Exploratorium, Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Detroit, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
You've now added Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): go sightseeing with Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe day trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be cooler, around 19°F, while days are slightly colder, around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours
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Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vernal Fall as well as Glacier Point. On the 29th (Sun), hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary website .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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.
Universal Studios Hollywood has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 69°F and 49°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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