9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
5
West Hollywood
— 1 night
subway:  15​min
End: Los Angeles

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 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with highs in Santa Cruz at 68°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip app .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ocean View Park and then admire all the interesting features of Mulholland Drive.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mulholland Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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night
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Sunset Strip.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read West Hollywood tour itinerary planner .

West Hollywood is very close to Santa Monica. In April in West Hollywood, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pasadena, The Americana at Brand, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Old Pasadena ©
Old Pasadena
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

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