9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Philadelphia

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Lands End, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning site.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (48°F), and nights are much colder (18°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 9th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Redwood National Park tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, you will find days in Redwood National Park are somewhat warmer (56°F), and nights are warmer (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, explore the world behind art at The Broad, and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route builder website.

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Los Angeles with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in February, with highs in Los Angeles at 71°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, Big Sur is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

California travel guide

4.1
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.