9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

2
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then stop by Bergamot Station, then get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): wander the streets of Montana Avenue, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Santa Monica at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

2
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego journey builder app .

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Square and SoMa. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, San Francisco is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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