26 days in Southern California, Temecula & Escondido Itinerary

26 days in Southern California, Temecula & Escondido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Temecula
— 2 nights
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Escondido
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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Los Angeles

— 6 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like 26-Mile Bike Path and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Battleship USS Iowa Museum and The Broad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes), Newport Beach (The Wedge & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Cabrillo Bike Path. Venture out of the city with trips to U.S. Navy Seabee Museum (in Port Hueneme), Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and browse the exhibits of Casa del Herrero.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Temecula.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temecula

— 2 nights
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Pennypickle's Workshop - Temecula Children's Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Scuba Center Temecula. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Temecula Olive Oil Company, then admire the majestic nature at Palomar Mountain State Park, and then head outdoors with Journey at Pechanga.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Temecula day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Temecula takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Temecula: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Escondido.

Things to do in Temecula

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Escondido

— 2 nights

Hidden Treasure

Escondido reflects its Spanish and Mexican roots (it’s the oldest city in San Diego County) through historical architecture with short stucco buildings painted in pastel colors.
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Cardiff State Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Potato Chip Rock. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Oceanside Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Making Music, and then explore the world behind art at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Escondido online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Temecula to Escondido in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Temecula in August, expect nights in Escondido to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Escondido

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 8 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Island. Get a sense of the local culture at Point Loma and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Venture out of the city with trips to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Encinitas (Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens & Moonlight State Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, stroll through Pacific Beach, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Escondido to San Diego in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips