15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Huntington Beach
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Rutherford
— 5 nights
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St. Helena
— Few hours

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Indian Canyons, then hike along Palm Springs Museum Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Palm Springs. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, and then wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District.

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San Diego to Palm Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Escape Room Palm Springs ©
Escape Room Palm Springs
Off-Road Tours

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nights
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): ponder the design of Vietnam War Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huntington Dog Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Huntington Beach Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, stroll around Heisler Park, then admire the masterpieces at Huntington Beach Art Center, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntington Beach tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Huntington Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Huntington Beach, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Balboa Island ©
Balboa Island

1
night
Santa Barbara

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 30th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On your second day here, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip builder.

Getting from Huntington Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Huntington Beach in December, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards & VJB Cellars). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, learn about winemaking at Peju Winery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jack London State Historic Park, and admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rutherford trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Rutherford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Rutherford dip to 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to St. Helena.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Benziger Family Winery ©
Benziger Family Winery

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
On the 9th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello di Amorosa.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena online day trip planner.

St. Helena is just a stone's throw from Rutherford. In January, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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