9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: San Jose

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Pismo Pier has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip planner.

San Jose to Pismo Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
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.
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You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 59°F. You'll set off for Palm Springs on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Museum of Contemporary Art ©
The Museum of Contemporary Art

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Keys View has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Indian Canyons and then browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, then pause for some photo ops at Johnny Lang Grave, and finally appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 93°F and lows reach 66°F. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Windansea Beach, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

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Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in May, plan for colder days in San Diego, with highs around 71°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 61°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach

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