11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Gilroy
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and finally kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

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Gothenburg, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Gothenburg to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gothenburg in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gilroy.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Gilroy

— 1 night
Gilroy is a city located in Northern California's Santa Clara County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at BookSmart of Morgan Hill and then stroll around Christmas Hill Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gilroy trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Gilroy takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gilroy, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for San Simeon.

Things to do in Gilroy

Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online travel planner.

Drive from Gilroy to San Simeon in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gilroy in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Solvang.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Solvang tour planning site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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.
To find ratings and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Solvang to Santa Barbara in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Solvang 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

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

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 get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Jalama Beach. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder tool.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

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.