6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Atascadero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). Pack the 11th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 82°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Atascadero.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Atascadero

— 1 night
Atascadero is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, about equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco on U.S. Route 101. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, do a tasting at Turley Cellars, then meet the residents at Charles Paddock Zoo, and finally make a trip to Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial.

To see maps and tourist information, use the Atascadero planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Atascadero takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Atascadero, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Atascadero

Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Plan a Monterey trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Atascadero to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Atascadero in October, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House, then see the interesting displays at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.