9 days in California & Mexico City Itinerary

9 days in California & Mexico City Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  10 h
1
Yosemite National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
End: Mexico City, Mexico

3
nights
Yosemite National Park, United States

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to Yosemite National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mexico City in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and see where the action happens at Oracle Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning tool.

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 September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mexico City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. September in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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