6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
San Diego
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights


Joshua Tree National Park — 1 night

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks and then steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Joshua Tree National Park. In June, plan for daily highs up to 102°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.
Nature · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Parks

San Diego — 1 night

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 21st (Tue): stroll around Waterfront Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, you will find days in San Diego are cooler (73°F), and nights are a bit cooler (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Los Angeles — 1 night

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 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and then browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Cruz.
Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Santa Cruz — 2 nights

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and then examine the collection at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get little chillier in Santa Cruz: highs are around 72°F and lows about 52°F.
Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.