9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip builder .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in January, expect San Diego to be much warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Balboa Park ©
Balboa 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.
You've now added Hollywood Walk of Fame to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

2
nights
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 24th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, then kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planning app .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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