9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online tour builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Vancouver in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Sacred Space, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria vacation planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist

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nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the next day, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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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 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Heather James Fine Art, then shop like a local with CODA Gallery, and finally take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then stop by Brandini Toffee, and finally explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs attractions app .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Palm Springs with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, things will get much hotter in Palm Springs: highs are around 37°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

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