9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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 27th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning app .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 29th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and finally cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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night
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 31st (Wed): hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and finally cruise along Tioga Pass.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect much hotter with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Diego planning website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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