11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route maker

Make it your trip
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


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 find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and San Diego (Marston House Museum & USS Midway Museum). Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, stroll around Will Rogers Memorial Park, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Lafayette to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lafayette to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lafayette in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore and then sample some tasty brews at 246 Wine & Brew Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums


— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 21st (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. June in Carmel sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

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.