13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Stinson Beach and Sonoma Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mavericks and Patrick Amiot. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Cornerstone Sonoma (in Sonoma), St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Marine Mammal Center, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Bay Street.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and then make a trip to Sikh Gurdwara.

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Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

Wineries

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): walk around Bayshore Bluffs Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, then look for gifts at The Shell Shop, then get great views at Anchor Memorial Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Morro Bay day trip app.

Fly from San Jose to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, stroll through Douglas Family Preserve, then look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Hollywood, and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Bowl Overlook.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Virga Gallery, then browse the different shops at The Shops At Mission Viejo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Victoria Beach, and finally look for gifts at Buy Hand.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach tour planning tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. August in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.