9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9 h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Toronto

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 14th (Tue), do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the St. Helena tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, St. Helena is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Honig Vineyard & Winery
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VGS Chateau Potelle ©
VGS Chateau Potelle
Honig Vineyard & Winery ©
Honig Vineyard & Winery
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara vacation maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from St. Helena to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Santa Monica History Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Original Muscle Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel planner.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Original Muscle Beach ©
Original Muscle Beach

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary app.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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