9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  12​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in May, with highs in San Francisco at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
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.
On the 20th (Mon), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, then stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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