9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip website .

Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
day
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 27th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Saddleback Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach, and finally hike along Civic Center Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim route planner.

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In July, daytime highs in Anaheim are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Saddleback Church
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Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Saddleback Church ©
Saddleback Church
Civic Center Park ©
Civic Center Park

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then cruise along Generals Hwy.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planning site .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stanford Memorial Church, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Sculpture Garden, then examine the collection at Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Montara Point Lighthouse.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Montara Point Lighthouse, Mori Point, Stanford Memorial Church
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Rodin Sculpture Garden ©
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Montara Point Lighthouse ©
Montara Point Lighthouse

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