12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Grover Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker tool .

Chicago to Monterey is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Monterey is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 43°F, while days are much hotter, around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Pasolivo Olive Oil and then do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at Oso Libre and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles road trip planning website .

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in December, Paso Robles is slightly colder at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grover Beach.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Tours Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Friends of the Elephant Seal
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars

4
nights
Grover Beach

Grover Beach ©
Grover Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grover Beach: Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery), Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery) and Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos). The adventure continues: stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, and look for gifts at Rons.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grover Beach route planning website .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Grover Beach takes an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in December since evenings lows in Grover Beach dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Long Beach.

Things to do in Grover Beach

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Santa Maria, Montana de Oro State Park
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Long Beach trip builder .

Drive from Grover Beach to Long Beach in 3.5 hours. In January in Long Beach, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
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.
On the 4th (Sat), look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation builder app .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Long Beach. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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