14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Jenner
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
5
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Cambria
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Montecito
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Long Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
14
Newport Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
15
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Marshall’s Beach has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are much colder (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jenner.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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Jenner

Jenner ©
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. You've now added Salt Point State Park to your itinerary.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jenner holiday planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Jenner by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jenner, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in Jenner

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monterey tour site .

Getting from Jenner to Monterey by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Jenner in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip app .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 27th (Sat), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Sur State Historic Park as well as Bixby Bridge. On the 28th (Sun), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), you're off toSan Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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hours
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ragged Point Overlook as well as Elephant Seal Rookery. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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hours
Cambria

Cambria
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Moonstone Beach Dr has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip maker tool .

Cambria is very close to San Simeon. In July in Cambria, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Cambria

Scenic Drive Outdoors

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. You've now added Hans Christian Andersen Museum to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): browse for treasures at Solvang Antiques, then view the masterpieces at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, and then examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Solvang attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Solvang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in July, you will find days in Solvang are slightly colder (87°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Hans Christian Andersen Museum ©
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Wildling Museum of Art and Nature ©
Wildling Museum of Art and Nature

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve and then engage your brain at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montecito.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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hours
Montecito

Montecito ©
Montecito is an unincorporated census-designated place in Santa Barbara County, California.As a census-designated place, Montecito had a population of 8,965 in 2010. Butterfly Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach, then trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lotusland.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Montecito visit planner.

Montecito is very close to Santa Barbara. In July in Montecito, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Malibu.

Things to do in Montecito

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Santa Barbara
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Ganna Walska Lotusland ©
Ganna Walska Lotusland

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. You've now added Nicholas Canyon Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Malibu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montecito to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. July in Malibu sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Legacy Park ©
Legacy Park
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica online travel route planner .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Monica in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Long Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Marina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Long Beach vacation planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Long Beach in an hour. Other options are to ride a tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect nights in Long Beach to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach

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Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
You've now added Dolphin & Whale Watching to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then let little ones run wild at Irvine Regional Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Newport Beach road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Long Beach to Newport Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Trails Tours

Side Trip

Irvine Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Irvine Regional Park ©
Irvine Regional Park

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Crystal Cove has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Laguna Beach online tour planner .

Laguna Beach is very close to Newport Beach. In August, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Little Italy, La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove. On the 4th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, then stroll around La Jolla Cove, then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and finally wander the streets of Little Italy.

Start your trip to San Diego by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Laguna Beach to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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