9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Japanese Tea Garden. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning site.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Family-friendly places like Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are slightly colder (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of °F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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