11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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1
San Diego
— 1 night
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
4
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
6
Big Sur
— Few hours
7
Carmel
— Few hours
8
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
9
San Jose
— Few hours
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
11
Napa
— 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Annie's Canyon Trail, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego route maker website.

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Austin, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 10th (Wed), discover the magic at Disneyland Park, thenmake an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, and then don't miss a visit to Anaheim Packing District.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim tour builder.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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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. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Hollywood and Fantastic Race will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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 traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online day trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach °F and lows reach °F. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Wineries

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.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon tour planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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.
McWay Falls has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sun), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days in Big Sur, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature
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. On the 14th (Sun), stroll through Point Lobos.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Carmel sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

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

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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.
You've now added Mystery Spot to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Tech Interactive. On the 15th (Mon), examine the collection at The Tech Interactive and then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in July: highs in San Jose hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

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

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. On the 16th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, engage your brain at Exploratorium, thenhead off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Mission District, thenengage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner.

Getting from San Jose to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Jose in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
On the 18th (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Napa fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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