14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Malibu
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 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.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online attractions planner.

Bogota, Colombia to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bogota to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Wilder Ranch State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz day trip site.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 14th (Thu), take in the local highlights with Monterey Bay Food Tours, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Big Sur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then take a memorable tour with Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

Make your San Simeon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): indulge your senses at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours, then look for gifts at SLO Sweets, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Tours · Wineries · Trails · Outdoors

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.
On the 18th (Mon), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach, kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, then explore the world behind art at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Malibu trip planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, then walk around Crescent Bay Point Park, then walk around Heisler Park, and finally walk around Hill Top Park.

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Traveling by car from Malibu to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, stop by Bergamot Station, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.