9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 23rd (Sun), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in December, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

3
nights
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 27th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (45°F). You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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