6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Malibu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Malibu by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 20th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then look for gifts at The Sacred Space.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Malibu in January since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, brush up on your military savvy at Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Steynberg Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Cambria Nursery & Florist, Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Speed Boats Tours

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and then wander the streets of Union Square.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Pismo Beach to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Pismo Beach in January, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 24th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

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