11 days in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

11 days in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Santa Barbara
1
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Carpinteria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
End: Santa Barbara

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Mountains and State Street Underpass. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Hans Christian Andersen Park (in Solvang), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, and look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Santa Barbara. February in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carpinteria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Hans Christian Andersen Park, Zuma Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica Mountains
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

2
nights
Carpinteria

Carpinteria ©
Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meditation Mount, admire all the interesting features of Ojai Olive Oil, then get engrossed in the history at Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, and finally look for gifts at Bart's Books.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carpinteria journey planner.

Carpinteria is just a short distance from Santa Barbara. March in Carpinteria sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carpinteria

Historic Sites Classes Museums

Side Trip

Ojai
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Meditation Mount ©
Meditation Mount
Bart's Books ©
Bart's Books

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Parsons Memorial.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Carpinteria to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Carpinteria in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 23°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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