18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Visiting Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Ano Nuevo Elephant Seal Tours (in Pescadero) and Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to San Francisco is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Saint-Denis to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Denis in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You've added Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get interesting insight from Roaring Camp Railroads, see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pleasure Point Beach, and finally savor the flavors at Santa Cruz Food Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 24th (Sat), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Morro Strand State Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then walk around Anchor Memorial Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Fiona Bleu Gallery.

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You can drive from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

1
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Island. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Santa Cruz Island.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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 some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Bronson Caves. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

Your day by day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, then wander the streets of Chinatown, and finally get curious at California Academy of Sciences. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.