11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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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.
On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Hollywood Sign and then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 17th (Sat).
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 1 night

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 20th (Tue), hike along Arch Rock Nature Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock. On the next day, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

On the 23rd (Fri), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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