23 days in Long Beach, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

23 days in Long Beach, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

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23 days in Long Beach, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Long Beach
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Dammam

10
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Attractions like Santa Monica State Beach and Redondo Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Do your shopping at Del Amo Fashion Center and Shoreline Village. Explore Long Beach's surroundings by going to Torrance Beach (in Redondo Beach), Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Manhattan Beach (Downtown Manhattan Beach & Manhattan Beach). Pack the 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Seal Beach, head off the coast to Naples Island, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and meet the residents at Aquarium of the Pacific.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach holiday maker tool .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Long Beach is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in July, expect nights in Long Beach to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Zuma Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Santa Monica Mountains. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery (in Carpinteria) and Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Long Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Long Beach in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Ventura Harbor Village, Santa Monica Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Civic Centerfor plenty of shopping. Family-friendly places like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Ghirardelli Square will thrill your kids. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Petaluma Seed Bank in Petaluma--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Nob Hill, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Petaluma Seed Bank, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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