9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly

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San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the galleries of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco visit planning tool.

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Monterey

— 2 nights
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 26th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then learn about winemaking at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and then admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in May, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an exotic tour of Point Reyes Safaris. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sculptured Beach, then stroll through Point Reyes Hiking Trails, and then do a tasting at Heidrun Meadery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Point Reyes National Seashore trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Point Reyes National Seashore with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Point Reyes National Seashore at 74°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): trek along Lands End, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website.

Drive from Point Reyes National Seashore to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

California travel guide

4.1
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.