9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Simi Valley
— 1 night
3
Simi Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Redlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

3
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of State Street Underpass.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip app .

Salt Lake City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salt Lake City in July, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
Simi Valley

Simi Valley ©
The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and then examine the collection at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Simi Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Simi Valley in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, Simi Valley is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 91°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Simi Valley

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum ©

2
nights
Simi Valley

Simi Valley ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get your game on at Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum, get advice or help at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then trek along Rocky Peak Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Simi Valley driving holiday planning website .

You'll set off for Redlands on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Simi Valley

Museums Outdoors Trails
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2
nights
Redlands

Redlands ©
Redlands is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 13th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then revel in the low prices at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, then appreciate the history behind The Lincoln Memorial Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Redlands Art Association.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Redlands trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Simi Valley to Redlands takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Redlands can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Redlands

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, Crown Village Clock Tower, Desert Hills Premium Outlets
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Desert Hills Premium Outlets ©
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Redlands Art Association ©
Redlands Art Association
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine ©
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine

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