9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mariposa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Houston

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San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To see photos and tourist information, read our San Jose online road trip planner .

Houston to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, expect San Jose to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 59°F. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toCarmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Museums

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nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Big Creek Bridge & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: trek along Scenic Road Walkway, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey maker website .

You can drive from San Jose to Carmel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Jose in September: highs in Carmel hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, 17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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nights
Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Wine Tours & Tastings has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cambria day trip planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Mariposa.

Things to do in Cambria

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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nights
Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Capitan as well as Vernal Fall. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Mariposa Grove, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Half Dome.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariposa driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Cambria to Mariposa in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mariposa can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Jose.

Things to do in Mariposa

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip website .

You can drive from Mariposa to San Jose in 3 hours. Traveling from Mariposa in September, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

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