9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights


San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

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Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in October, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

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Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 4 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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Mission Beach Park, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks
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California travel guide

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.