8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Bologna
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Bologna

3
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Explore hidden gems such as The Cheese Shop and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Carmel Mission and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnacles National Park in Paicines (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carmel tour planner.

Bologna, Italy to Carmel is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Bologna to Carmel due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bologna, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pinnacles National Park, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Highlights from your plan
Lovers Point
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Carmel Mission

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Reagan Ranch Center - Young America's Foundation, then look for gifts at Ventura Harbor Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara vacation builder.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Nature Beaches

Side Trips

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Old Mission Santa Ines, Ventura Harbor Village, Fess Parker, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Museum Of Art
Fess Parker

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