11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 30​min
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
Melbourne

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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.
To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Nature

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Canyons, then examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

CODA Gallery
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
CODA Gallery ©
CODA Gallery

2
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Santa Barbara

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 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then take a stroll through State Street. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Tercero Wines, then examine the collection at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, then do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online attractions planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, you will find days in Santa Barbara are cooler (25°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Historic Sites, #Wineries, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Tercero Wines ©
Tercero Wines
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

3
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Monterey Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, get engrossed in the history at Colton Hall Museum, make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monterey vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, examine the collection at de Young Museum, then engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 9th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites
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California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum

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