11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive to McDonald's, 601, South Main Street, Lone Pine, Inyo County, California, 93545, United States of America, Bus to Harbor Freeway Station, Fly to Paris


Santa Barbara — 1 night

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 6th (Sun), make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Paris, France to Santa Barbara is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in February, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to San Francisco.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

San Francisco — 2 nights

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 de Young Museum, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Golden Gate Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally make a trip to Lombard Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in February: highs in San Francisco hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Los Angeles — 2 nights

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 10th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Santa Cruz.
Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips

Santa Cruz — 1 night

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect Santa Cruz to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through McGurk Meadow, then tee off at Big Trees Golf Course, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Cruz in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 10°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 15th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Aguereberry Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. In February, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Nature
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.