9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Austin Bergstrom International Airport

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Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Bike Path, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, cruise along Santa Barbara Scenic Drive, then contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, and finally stroll through East Beach. On the next day, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, then do a tasting at Epiphany Cellars, and finally stroll through Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara route planner.

Austin to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Austin to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Austin in September, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Barbara: highs are around 79°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
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). Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Harmony Cellars, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, then get interesting insight from Kayak Outfitters, and finally trek along Bluff Trail. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: highs in Cambria hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and finally get a new perspective on things with Elkhorn Slough Safari.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in September, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Redwood National Park and then take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach and then hike along California Coastal Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Carmel to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Carmel in September, things will get a bit cooler in Redwood National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
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.