9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Train:  30​min
1
Anaheim
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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day
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 30th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anaheim driving holiday planner .

Los Angeles to Anaheim is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then trek along Wildrose Peak Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park itinerary builder website .

Drive from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in March, things will get little chillier in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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day
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 2nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then get in on the excitement at Shamel Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Shamel Park
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Shamel Park ©
Shamel Park
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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 3rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel route website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Carmel hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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 6th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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