9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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Napa
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, then examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey tool.

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in April: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 71°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, admire all the interesting features of Mulholland Drive, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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 photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning website.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 50°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip website.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Napa planning app.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Napa, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.