9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Orlando, Florida

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Orlando to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Orlando in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur online holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
night
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 19th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip site .

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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