9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Santa Barbara is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip builder.

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 September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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San Diego

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Thu), stroll around Balboa Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego route site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Fun & Games · Parks
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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey planner.

Getting from San Diego to Monterey by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in September; daily highs in Monterey reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

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 16th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip site.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 17th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then deepen your understanding at Portland State University, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portland road trip planning website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Portland are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.