9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner.

Indianapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Indianapolis - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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