9 days in Southern California Itinerary

9 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California trip planner

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Ysidro/Intl Border, Tram to San Diego
San Diego
— 5 nights
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 1 night


San Diego

— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego tour itinerary maker website.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight, bus, and tram. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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 25th (Thu): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally shop like a local with State Street Underpass. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Head underground at Salt Cave, then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in March, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and then admire the masterpieces at The Broad.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary site.

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 March, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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