5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Dallas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): catch a live performance at Third Street Promenade, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planning website .

Dallas to Santa Monica is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Santa Monica is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are cooler (76°F), and nights are little chillier (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Beaches Outdoors
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carbon Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then don't miss a visit to Malibu Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu trip itinerary maker website .

Malibu is very close to Santa Monica. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder app .

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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