9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In January, Los Angeles is much hotter than Columbus - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip app .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, take a stroll through SoMa, wander the streets of Union Square, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 8th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink and then hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planning 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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

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