9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 day

City of Angels

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 5th (Fri): learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, have fun at California Science Center, and then explore the world behind art at The Broad.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Los Angeles at 71°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End. On the next day, examine the collection at de Young Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fort Point, and then walk around Presidio of San Francisco.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker site.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

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 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur

— 1 day

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 11th (Thu), hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur vacation website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in February, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.