4 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

4 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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4 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Austin

2
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Austin to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Austin to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in July, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip builder site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 75°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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