9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights


San Francisco

— 3 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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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 22nd (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, explore the world behind art at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour itinerary maker tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 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 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Marston House Museum and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Diego are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

California travel guide

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.