9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  6​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Half Moon Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Pescadero
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
8
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Omaha

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner .

Omaha to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Omaha in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Union Square, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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night
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 24th (Mon), hike along Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Half Moon Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Half Moon Bay, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pescadero.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, CuriOdyssey, Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Highlights from your plan
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
CuriOdyssey ©
CuriOdyssey
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia ©

few
hours
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach has been added to your itinerary.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pescadero trip itinerary builder site .

Pescadero is just a short distance from Half Moon Bay. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in June, expect Pescadero to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Pescadero

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Davenport trip planning site .

Davenport is very close to Pescadero. Traveling from Pescadero in June, Davenport is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Davenport

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning site .

Santa Cruz is just a short distance from Davenport. June in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey builder .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Carmel sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online vacation planner .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In June in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines and then take a stroll through State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach, then stroll through Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. On the 30th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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