9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip site.

San Antonio to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to San Diego. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.
Visiting Badger Pass Ski Area and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. On the 22nd (Wed), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. The adventure continues: tee off at Big Trees Golf Course, stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 46°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Union Square, then wander the streets of Chinatown, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip app.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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California travel guide

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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.