9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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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.
Fisherman's Wharf has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks and then get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip tool.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

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.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. April in Big Sur sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll through Piedras Blancas, then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in April: highs in Cambria hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Cambria to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Cambria in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

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 14th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, hike along Mariposa Grove, and then explore and take pictures at Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.