13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip site .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Santa Cruz is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park and then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Big Sur trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to drive. February in Big Sur sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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night
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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara driving holiday planner .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in February since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade and then identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch, The Oaks
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In February, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 10°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Naples Beach. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). See even more of San Francisco: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February: highs in San Francisco hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naples Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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