11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Green Dream Tours, Twin Peaks, Painted Ladies, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, gear up at Basically Free Bike Rentals, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, make a trip to Painted Ladies, get great views at Twin Peaks, and then awaken your taste buds at Green Dream Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip website.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 55°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Tours · Parks

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Steinbeck Center, stop by The Cheese Shop, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Monterey route maker app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 1 night

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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 29th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, stop by Bergamot Station, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica sightseeing planner.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Monica by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Monica when traveling from Monterey in June, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Chocolate Maya, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and finally walk around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, stop by The Last Bookstore, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.