9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
San Diego
— 4 nights


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: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

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Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 12th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

San Diego

— 4 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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego vacation planning site.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.