12 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Big Sur
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Manchester


San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Manchester in April, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Los Angeles.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Big Sur.
Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Big Sur — 2 nights

Big Country of the South

On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, and then hike along Partington Cove. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Big Sur reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

Monterey — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

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You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Nature
Side Trip

Santa Barbara — 1 night

The American Riviera

On the 27th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in April, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.
Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Morro Bay — 1 night

On the 28th (Fri), stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then indulge your senses at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Morro Bay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Tours · Wineries · Trails · Parks
Side Trips

California travel guide

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.