9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Tenaya Lake, Bridalveil Fall, and other attractions you added. On the 30th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and finally stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
You've added Grant Grove, Zumwalt Meadow Trail, Crescent Meadow Rd, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Moro Rock, then trek along Crescent Meadow Rd, then make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and finally trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sausalito Boardwalk, Japanese Tea Garden and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 7th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sausalito Boardwalk, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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