26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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Dana Point
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Malibu
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Westlake Village
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Santa Barbara
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Solvang
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Morro Bay
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Cambria
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San Simeon
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Big Sur
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Madera
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Mammoth Lakes
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Yosemite National Park
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Santa Cruz
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Pacifica
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Fort Bragg
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Dana Point

— 1 night
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Your list of things to see and do now includes Table Rock Beach, Ocean Institute, Laguna Beach Dog Park, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Ocean Institute, kick back and relax at Laguna Beach Dog Park, then tee off at Monarch Beach Golf Links, and finally kick back and relax at Table Rock Beach. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, then kick back and relax at Treasure Island Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally trek along Bluff Top Trail.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dana Point vacation planner.

Los Angeles to Dana Point is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. May in Dana Point sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Nicholas Flat Trail has been added to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Malibu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dana Point to Malibu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, tram, and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and tram. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Westlake Village.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Westlake Village

— 1 night
Westlake Village is a planned community that straddles the Los Angeles and Ventura county line. To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Westlake Village day trip planner.

Westlake Village is very close to Malibu. In May, daytime highs in Westlake Village are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Westlake Village

Outdoors · Spas · Museums · Golf

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Santa Barbara

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours as well as Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, then learn about all things military at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip tool.

Getting from Westlake Village to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Solvang

— 2 nights
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. You've added Wandering Dog Wine Bar, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Elverhoj Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park, get a new perspective on nature at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, do a tasting at Dascomb Cellars Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Toccata Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Lions Peak Vineyards, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Shoestring Winery, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum, then learn about winemaking at Lucky Dogg Winery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Solvang visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Solvang are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You've now added Red Anchor Charters to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Hill Trail, identify plant and animal life at Heron and Cormorant Rookery, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally take a tour by water with Red Anchor Charters.

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You can drive from Solvang to Morro Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Morro Bay sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Cambria

— 2 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Cambria Nursery and Florist has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light House Lens, then get to know the fascinating history of East Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then do a tasting at Stolo Vineyards & Winery, then don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, and finally trek along Bluff Trail.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambria travel planner.

Cambria is just a stone's throw from Morro Bay. When traveling from Morro Bay in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally stop by Sebastian General Store.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip app.

San Simeon is just a short distance from Cambria. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Big Sur

— 2 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.
You've now added Hawthorne Gallery to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, then shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur, then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Holman Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madera.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Madera

— 2 nights
Madera is a city in California and the county seat of Madera County. To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Madera trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Big Sur to Madera in 3 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Madera, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Madera

Wineries · Museums

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Mono Basin Historical Society, head off the coast to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and then stroll around Mono Lake County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): hike along Mammoth Crest Trail, then trek along Earthquake Fault, and then tee off at Sierra Star Golf Club.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Madera to Mammoth Lakes takes 6.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madera in May: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mariposa Grove as well as Sentinel Dome. Take a break from the city and head to Vernal Fall and Ansel Adams Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Wawona Meadow, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and get great views at Washburn Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour website.

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. In May in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Well Within Spa as well as Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. On the 29th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Well Within Spa.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pacifica.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Pacifica

— 1 night
Pacifica is a city in San Mateo County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at San Pedro Valley Park, explore the striking landscape of Milagra Ridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach. On the next day, hike along Sweeney Ridge Trail, then stroll the grounds of Golden Gate National Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pacifica tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Pacifica takes 1.5 hours. In May in Pacifica, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Pacifica

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 2 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, then take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, and then get engrossed in the history at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg online visit planner.

Drive from Pacifica to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Pacifica in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.