50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Goleta
— 2 nights
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Oxnard
— 7 nights
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Long Beach
— 6 nights
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Lancaster
— 7 nights
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Lake Arrowhead
— 6 nights
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Big Bear Lake
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights

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Santa Barbara — 6 nights

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 ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Santa Barbara. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Goleta on the 15th (Sun).
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Goleta — 2 nights

Goleta is a city in southern Santa Barbara County, California, US. It was incorporated as a city in 2002, after a long period as the largest unincorporated, populated area in the county. On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at UCSB Lagoon, immerse yourself in nature at Refugio State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Coal Oil Point Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Goleta route planner.

Goleta is just a short distance from Santa Barbara. May in Goleta sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oxnard.
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Oxnard — 7 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery and Silver Strand Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Malibu Creek State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oxnard: Thousand Oaks (Paradise Falls & Wildwood Regional Park).

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oxnard travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Goleta to Oxnard takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Long Beach.
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Long Beach — 6 nights

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools. Get in touch with nature at San Clemente Coastal Trail and Orange County Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Get out of town with these interesting Long Beach side-trips: Little Corona Beach (in Corona del Mar), Bluff Top Trail (in Dana Point) and Newport Beach (Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve & Upper Newport Bay Regional Park). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach Waterfront, kick back and relax at 1,000 Steps Beach, head off the coast to Naple Canals, and take in nature's colorful creations at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Long Beach trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Oxnard to Long Beach in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Oxnard in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Long Beach: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 7 nights

Lancaster is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Red Rock Canyon State Park as well as Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prime Desert Woodland Preserve and Saddleback Butte State Park. Get outdoors at Tehachapi Mountain Park and Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Brush Creek (in Kernville), Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center (in Pearblossom) and Towsley Canyon Park (in Newhall). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park and walk around El Mirage Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lancaster planning tool.

You can drive from Long Beach to Lancaster in 2 hours. When traveling from Long Beach in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lancaster, with highs around 81°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 53°F. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Lake Arrowhead.
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Lake Arrowhead — 6 nights

Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California, within the San Bernardino National Forest, surrounding the Lake Arrowhead Reservoir. Visiting Mormon Rocks and Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Box Springs Mountain Reserve and Heart Rock / Seeley Creek Trail 4W07. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Arrowhead: Mojave Trail (in Mojave), Walker Canyon Trailhead (in Lake Elsinore) and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park (in Riverside). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Ice House Canyon Trail, take in the natural beauty of Deep Creek Hot Springs, and get to know the fascinating history of Bridge To Nowhere.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lake Arrowhead attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Lake Arrowhead takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Lake Arrowhead can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bear Lake.
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Big Bear Lake — 6 nights

Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Take a break from the city and head to Rainbow Basin Natural Area and Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boulder Bay Park and Cougar Crest Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Bear Lake: Giant Rock (in Landers), Joshua Tree National Park (Wonderland of Rocks, Boy Scout Trail, &more) and Amboy Crater (in Amboy). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through San Bernardino National Forest, stroll through Butler Peak, trek along Woodland Trail 1E23, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Pine Knot Trail.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Bear Lake road trip website.

Drive from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear Lake in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Lake Arrowhead in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Big Bear Lake, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 6 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cleveland National Forest as well as Botanical Building and Lily Pond. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Windansea Beach and Stonewall Peak Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Moonlight State Beach and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: San Diego Botanic Garden (in Encinitas), Borrego Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Galleta Meadows) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Three Sisters Falls, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego vacation planner.

You can drive from Big Bear Lake to San Diego in 3 hours. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Big Bear Lake in June since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 64°F.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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