10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday maker
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Santa Barbara
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Fly
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Napa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trinidad
— 3 nights

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Santa Barbara

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 29th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Santa Barbara. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Pismo Beach — 1 night

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pismo Beach trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to Big Sur.
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Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in September: highs in Big Sur hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Napa.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Napa — 3 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Dedicate the 1st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Robert Biale Vineyards, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

Start your trip to Napa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Big Sur to Napa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. Traveling from Big Sur in September, you will find days in Napa are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are little chillier (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.
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Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Fort Bragg — 2 nights

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, stroll around MacKerricher State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, then take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Napa to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Trinidad — 3 nights

Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Klamath (Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial & Trees of Mystery), Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (in Crescent City). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, kick back and relax at Big Lagoon County Park, admire the majestic nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinidad State Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trinidad travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Trinidad takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in October, plan for little chillier days in Trinidad, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.
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