9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Newark

1
day
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 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then appreciate the history behind Watts Towers, then kick back and relax at Hermosa Beach Pier, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip builder .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermosa Beach Pier, Santa Monica Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

1
day
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

Before you visit St. Helena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect St. Helena to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

#Wineries
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit China Beach and Point Isabel for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Beaches

Side Trip

Point Isabel
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Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa
China Beach ©
China Beach

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