14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Palm Springs
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  17​h
End: Stockholm

3
nights
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.
Visit State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Stolpman Vineyards. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez), Los Olivos (Carhartt Vineyard & Tercero Wines) and Bart's Books (in Ojai). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, and do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Santa Barbara is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Stockholm in March, plan for much hotter days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Bart's Books
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, stop by Lucia Apothecary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

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

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in March: highs in San Simeon hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, then trek along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and then learn about winemaking at Pech Merle Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Storybook Mountain Vineyards, then examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and finally learn about winemaking at Venge Vineyards.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Calistoga trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Calistoga by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Calistoga. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Pech Merle Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Storybook Mountain Vineyards ©
Storybook Mountain Vineyards

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Calistoga to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Calistoga in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 14th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and then stop by Crystal Fantasy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery, wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, and then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palm Springs day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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