9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel website .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August, San Francisco is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel planner.

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. Expect much warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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