34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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34 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Napa
— 2 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
15
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Boston

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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.
Family-friendly places like Santa Monica Bay and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom) and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Gabriel Archangel, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday maker .

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are warmer (69°F), and nights are a bit warmer (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Gamble House, Mission San Gabriel Archangel, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder app .

San Luis Obispo is just a stone's throw from Pismo Beach. December in San Luis Obispo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. You will leave for Carmel on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip tool .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in December, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Lovers Point and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Monterey is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Cruz trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Walt Disney Family Museum and Legion of Honor. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Cowell Ranch State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Sapphire Hill Winery and Modus Operandi Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Tres Sabores Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Seghesio Family Vineyards (in Healdsburg). There's more to do: do a tasting at Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Napa online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 35°F in Napa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Jack London State Historic Park, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Tres Sabores Winery ©
Tres Sabores Winery

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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 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then stroll through Moonlight State Beach, and then stroll through La Jolla Shores Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Napa to San Diego in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Napa in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach, Del Mar City Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Family-friendly places like Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Pier will thrill your kids. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Third Street Promenade and Rodeo Drive. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, explore the landscape on two wheels at South Bay Bicycle Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, and get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica online route planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Beverly Hills
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Simeon route builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in January, expect little chillier with lows of 37°F in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 7th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally take a stroll around Fountain of Life. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District, then hike along Palm Canyon Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Palm Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in January: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 71°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Fountain of Life
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Ruddy's General Store Museum ©
Ruddy's General Store Museum

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Family-friendly places like The Disney Gallery and Aliso Beach Park will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to 1,000 Steps Beach and Sherman Library & Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers, have some family-friendly fun at The VOID, and make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

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Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Sherman Library & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center ©
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Radiator Springs Racers ©
Radiator Springs Racers

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Cambria

Cambria ©
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). On the 13th (Mon), stroll through Bluff Trail, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, admire the majestic nature at Estero Bluffs State Park, then learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, and finally do a tasting at ZinAlley Winery.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cambria tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Anaheim to Cambria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in January, things will get slightly colder in Cambria: highs are around 63°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Templeton, Estero Bluffs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
ZinAlley Winery ©
ZinAlley Winery
Epoch Estate Wines ©
Epoch Estate Wines

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Do your shopping at Coast Gallery Big Sur and Hawthorne Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Old Coast Road. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, make a trip to Rocky Creek Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in January, Big Sur is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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