9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Pittsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in July, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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 4th (Sun): make a trip to Olmsted Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then get great views at Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

You can 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 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz journey planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Cruz - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.