9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly

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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Merced River, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and trek along Lembert Dome.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel route builder.

Charlotte to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are much colder (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.