27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  15​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Santa Ana
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Orange
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Laguna Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt


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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Los Angeles. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are much hotter, around 32°C. On the 4th (Fri), you're off toNewport Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

6
nights
Santa Ana

Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seal Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Orange County Coast will get you outdoors. Step out of Santa Ana to go to Lake Elsinore and see Lake Elsinore Storm, The Diamond, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Toes on the Nose Surf Shop, browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center, see the interesting displays at Lyon Air Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Ana attractions planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Ana in an hour. October in Santa Ana sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Marconi Automotive Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Kellogg House ©
Kellogg House

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego travel route builder .

Getting from Newport Beach to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Palmas.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Palm Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Orange.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

El Paseo Shopping District
Highlights from your plan
Las Palmas ©
Las Palmas

2
nights
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a city located in Orange County, California. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlets at Orange.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Orange online travel route planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to Orange by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Palm Springs in October, plan for little chillier days in Orange, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Orange

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Outlets at Orange ©
The Outlets at Orange

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Union Square and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Orange to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Orange in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for Monterey on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stop by AiX.

Find out how to plan Monterey trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

AiX, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

5
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Virga Gallery and The Hide Drogher. Newport Beach California Temple and Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wood's Cove, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Island, and immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Laguna Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in Laguna Beach dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Dana Point, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wood's Cove ©
Wood's Cove

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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