11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
7
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Napa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  11​h
End: Hartford

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gaslamp Quarter, Annie's Canyon Trail and La Jolla Cove. On the 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, hike along Annie's Canyon Trail, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning tool .

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Austin in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Annie's Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Annie's Canyon Trail ©
Annie's Canyon Trail
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park, make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, and then don't miss a visit to Anaheim Packing District.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim day trip app .

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Anaheim Packing District ©
Anaheim Packing District

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes CBS Television City, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, and other attractions you added. Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder website .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

few
hours
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, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning app .

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 July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 75°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon route planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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.
You've now added McWay Falls to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 4 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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. To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is just a short distance from Big Sur. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mystery Spot. On the 15th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Mystery Spot.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Carmel to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.
Highlights from your plan
Mystery Spot ©
Mystery Spot

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
The Tech Museum of Innovation has been added to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose route app .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Jose in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in July: highs in San Jose hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House

2
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 Japanese Tea Garden as well as Mission District. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, wander the streets of Mission District, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Napa trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Napa, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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