18 days in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

18 days in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
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Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 13 nights

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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

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 (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Santa Barbara. In June, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

Pismo Beach — 2 nights

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 2nd (Sat), experience rural life at Rutiz Family Farms, walk around Dinosaur Caves Park, and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then look for gifts at Pasolivo Olive Oil, and then learn about winemaking at Eberle Winery.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pismo Beach journey builder tool.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 13 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Beverly Hills (Rodeo Drive & Mulholland Drive), San Diego (Balboa Park, Maritime Museum of San Diego, &more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, &more). Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 66°F.
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