5 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

5 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 15th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Beaches
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Santa Barbara Art Glass and then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara.

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Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums