34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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San Luis Obispo
— Few hours
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Carmel
— Few hours
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Monterey
— Few hours
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Santa Cruz
— Few hours
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Cambria
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Family-friendly places like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at California Science Center, examine the collection at Mission San Gabriel Archangel, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning app.

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Boston in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Natural History Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

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.
For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in December, with lows around 41°F. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · 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. For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. You will leave for San Luis Obispo on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo trip planner.

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. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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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. To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planner.

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in December: highs in Carmel hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monterey holiday website.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz online trip builder.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Marin Headlands and Cowell Ranch State Beach. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island
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Napa

Napa ©

America's Wine Country

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at V. Sattui Winery and Seghesio Family Vineyards. Get some cultural insight at Jack London State Historic Park and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Sapphire Hill Winery (in Healdsburg). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Trinitas Cellars.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Napa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 35°F in Napa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Historic Walking Area
Jack London State Historic Park
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Winery / Vineyard
Trinitas Cellars
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San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Napa to San Diego takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat 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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Do your shopping at Third Street Promenade and Bergamot Station. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Zuma Beach. Go for a jaunt from Santa Monica to Malibu to see El Matador State Beach about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and tram. In December, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Shopping Mall
Santa Monica Place
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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): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then examine the collection 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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip maker app.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in January, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 37°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fountain of Life. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tennis Club District, 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.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs journey builder tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in January, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 71°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
History Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
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Anaheim

Anaheim ©

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Step off the beaten path and head to 1,000 Steps Beach and Soarin' Around The World. Attractions like The Disney Gallery and Sherman Library & Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Anaheim to go to Laguna Beach and see Aliso Beach Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers, get your game on at Flightdeck Simulation Center, and make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim travel planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Anaheim sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Entertainment Center
Flightdeck Simulation Center
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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). Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): work some fitness into your day at Bluff Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally stop by Fermentations Wine Tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, admire the majestic nature at Estero Bluffs State Park, then do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, and finally do a tasting at ZinAlley Winery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria online travel route builder.

You can drive from Anaheim to Cambria in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Anaheim in January; daily highs in Cambria reach 63°F and lows reach 37°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

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Must see
Moonstone Beach
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Fermentations Wine Tasting
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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get a sense of the local culture at Hawthorne Gallery and Point Sur State Historic Park. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, trek along Partington Cove, and get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 44°F in Big Sur. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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