11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive

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South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: Reno (Truckee River Walk & National Automobile Museum). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Tallac Trail, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe online itinerary planner.

Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 64°F, while nights are colder with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Golden Gate Park, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Washington Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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. On the 3rd (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey journey planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November in Monterey, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

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.
Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, steep yourself in history at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and view the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Art Glass.

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Getting from Monterey to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in November, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.