22 days in Southern California & Big Sur Itinerary

22 days in Southern California & Big Sur Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Big Sur
— 9 nights
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San Diego

— 7 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 77°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, appreciate the extensive heritage of State Street Underpass, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara road trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 9 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), Balconies Cliffs Trails (in Soledad) and Garland Ranch Regional Park (in Carmel Valley). And it doesn't end there: hike along Partington Cove, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip maker site.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in July; daily highs in Big Sur reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips