9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  9 h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Buffalo

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, SoMa, and other attractions you added. On the 17th (Sat), see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, take a stroll through SoMa, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker site .

Buffalo to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Buffalo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides ©
Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

Start your trip to Big Sur by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach and then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Big Sur to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in August: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 76°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood as well as Hollywood Sign. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

2
nights
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.
Balboa Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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