15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, &more), Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

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Washington to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 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.
Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by Chocolate Maya, make a trip to Casa del Herrero, and explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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Getting from Santa Barbara to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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.