9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Ojai
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Half Moon Bay
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Sausalito
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
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Alameda
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Ojai

— 2 nights
Ojai is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll around Wildwood Regional Park, experience rural life at Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark, and then admire the sheer force of Paradise Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bart's Books, experience rural life at Ojai Olive Oil, view the masterpieces at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, then shop like a local with Human Arts Gallery, then do a tasting at Casa Barranca Organic Wine Tasting Room, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ojai sightseeing site.

Los Angeles to Ojai is an approximately 2-hour car ride. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ojai: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Ojai

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Big Sur online travel route planner.

Getting from Ojai to Big Sur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Blue Ocean Whale Watch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with Blue Ocean Whale Watch.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel online road trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Half Moon Bay holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Half Moon Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Half Moon Bay hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 51°F. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Sausalito.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Sausalito

Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sausalito trip tool.

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Sausalito takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sausalito: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. You'll set off for Point Reyes National Seashore on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Reyes Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Trail, stroll through Point Reyes Hiking Trails, and then take an exotic tour of Point Reyes Safaris.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Point Reyes National Seashore journey app.

Traveling by car from Sausalito to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sausalito in June, you will find days in Point Reyes National Seashore are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alameda.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Alameda

— 1 night
Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. On the 5th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Hornet Museum, sample the fine beverages at St. George Spirits, then enjoy the sand and surf at Crown Memorial State Beach, and finally look for gifts at Dan's Fresh Produce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): pick up some local products at Pleasanton Farmers' Market, then identify plant and animal life at Mission Peak Regional Preserve, and then walk around Coyote Hills Regional Park.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Alameda route planning website.

You can drive from Point Reyes National Seashore to Alameda in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in June: highs in Alameda hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Alameda

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.