9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 2 nights


San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Fri), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, and then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium.

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Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature
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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along May Lake Trailhead, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 2nd (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 3rd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

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Traveling by flight from Monterey to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.