9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
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 23rd (Sun), enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego route planner.

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anaheim tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Griffith Observatory. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary builder website .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Anaheim. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Exploratorium and then stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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