9 days in West Coast Itinerary

9 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire the striking features of Coit Tower, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, stroll through McGurk Meadow, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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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.
On the 11th (Tue), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the next day, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 2 nights

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 13th (Thu): explore the world behind art at San Diego Museum of Art and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
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