11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Fortaleza

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 1st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then stop by Brandini Toffee, and finally look for gifts at Crystal Fantasy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District and then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner .

Fortaleza, Brazil to Palm Springs is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fortaleza to Palm Springs is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Fortaleza in February, you will find days in Palm Springs are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

El Paseo Shopping District
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Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then look for gifts at The Sacred Space, and then take a stroll through State Street.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
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The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Cambria Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, stop by Sebastian General Store, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Company.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Brown Butter Cookie Company
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store
Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 6th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

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Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 8th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Saloon, then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, then learn about winemaking at Storybook Mountain Vineyards, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Cast Wines, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Brassfield Estate Winery, and finally do a tasting at Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Calistoga trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Calistoga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in February, Calistoga is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Clearlake Oaks, Cast Wines, Sapphire Hill Winery
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Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum
Brassfield Estate Winery ©
Brassfield Estate Winery

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