14 days in Southern California Itinerary

14 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California tour itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights


Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Downtown Disney District, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and Grand Central Market. Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary site.

Madison to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Madison in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 82°F and lows about 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
Santa Barbara Zoo has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 77°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip site.

Fly from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Beaches