17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, engage your brain at California Science Center, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

Plan my trip to Los Angeles with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Philadelphia in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On your second day here, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Plan my trip to Santa Monica with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. January in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Book Passage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco route builder tool.

You can fly from Santa Monica to San Francisco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Monica in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
On the 8th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego route planner.

Fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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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 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, then make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online trip builder.

Getting from San Diego to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 43°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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