9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Baltimore

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Point Loma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Baltimore to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to San Diego is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Baltimore in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Buy Hand, AllWater Charters & Boat Rentals
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Grove ©
The Grove

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 7th (Wed): wander the streets of State Street, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 76°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then stroll through Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Santa Barbara in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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