9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, walk around Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in January, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village and then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder app.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation builder app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
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California travel guide

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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.