9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Miami, Florida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Miami to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Miami in July, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, hike along Palm Springs Museum Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 107°F by day to 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and then see a world frozen in time at Paramount Ranch. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Malibu trip planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Malibu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in July, you will find days in Malibu are cooler (76°F), and nights are a bit cooler (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Malibu Lagoon State Beach ©
Malibu Lagoon State Beach

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, then enjoy the sea views from Point Fermin Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Terminal Island Japanese Memorial. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Banning Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Vicente Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online itinerary planner .

Drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. When traveling from Malibu in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rancho Palos Verdes
Highlights from your plan
Point Fermin Lighthouse ©
Point Fermin Lighthouse
Royal Palms State Beach ©
Royal Palms State Beach
The Banning Museum ©
The Banning Museum

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