5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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 24th (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Union Square, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Indianapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Indianapolis to San Francisco. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Indianapolis in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

1
night
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 26th (Tue): stroll through La Jolla Cove and then stroll through Mission Beach Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip website .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and finally stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. March in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove

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