9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf, The Castro, Painted Ladies, and other attractions you added.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Asilomar State Beach as well as 17-Mile Drive. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary site.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Cabrillo Bike Path has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then identify plant and animal life at Ballona Wetlands, and finally kick back and relax at Redondo Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 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.
Visit Coronado Beach and Moonlight State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, stroll through Pacific Beach, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.