11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Carmel
— Few hours
Bus:  30​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Torrance
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planning website .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. On the 29th (Sat), you're off toSanta Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 40°F. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lovers Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, then look for gifts at Venture Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

few
hours
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. For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder tool .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 1st (Tue), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip builder website .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In January, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online journey maker .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Torrance.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Torrance

Torrance
Torrance is a U.S. To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Torrance trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Torrance by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Torrance when traveling from Santa Barbara in January, with lows around 50°F. You'll set off for Anaheim on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Torrance

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Anaheim online travel planner .

You can drive from Torrance to Anaheim in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
San Diego

San Diego
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.
For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego route builder app .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Tours

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