11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Gilroy
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Haight-Ashbury and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, then kick back and relax at Stinson Beach, and finally pick up some local products at Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

Gothenburg, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Gothenburg to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gothenburg in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Gilroy.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Gilroy

— 1 night
Gilroy is a city located in Northern California's Santa Clara County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Garlic World and then stroll around Christmas Hill Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Gilroy trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Gilroy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Gilroy hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to San Simeon.

Things to do in Gilroy

Parks · Shopping

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Gilroy to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Gilroy in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Nethercutt Collection and Seal Beach. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica), Cardiff State Beach (in Encinitas) and Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand, examine the collection at Skirball Cultural Center, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and kick back and relax at Del Mar City Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.