9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Patterson
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, have fun at Balboa Park, then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and finally walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego holiday builder tool.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Getty Center, Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Hollywood Sign, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, and then shop like a local with The Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hollywood Sign, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, and then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 1 night
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Rusack Vineyards. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Maria online vacation planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Santa Maria reach 76°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Carmel in 3 hours. When traveling from Santa Maria in July, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. You will leave for Patterson on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Patterson

Patterson is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States, located off Interstate 5. On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Patterson trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Carmel to Patterson in 2 hours. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Patterson: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Patterson

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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 list of things to see and do now includes San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, and other attractions. On the 8th (Thu), savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then take a spin around town with Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours, and finally go sightseeing with Local Tastes of the City Tours.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey maker.

Getting from Patterson to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Patterson in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.