9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 2 nights


San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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, cruise along Tioga Pass, stroll through Lembert Dome, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Tunnel Log, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then trek along Moro Rock Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 95°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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.