9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Erie
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
3
Big Sur
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Erie

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Erie to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Erie to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planning site .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In May, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Big Sur in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
day
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 22nd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara takes 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Santa Barbara at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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night
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 25th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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