9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Union Square, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and finally stroll through Four Mile Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route tool .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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