9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary builder

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Mill Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night

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Mill Valley

— 1 night
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Mill Valley online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco to Mill Valley is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Mill Valley are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route maker app.

Traveling by car from Mill Valley to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mill Valley in July, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Kids will enjoy Vernal Fall and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes General Sherman Tree, Generals Hwy, Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally hike along General Grant Tree Trail. On your second day here, cruise along Generals Hwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log, and finally trek along Crescent Meadow Rd.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 98°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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.