6 days in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & Kansas City Itinerary

6 days in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & Kansas City Itinerary

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6 days in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles & Kansas City Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Kansas City
— 1 night
End: Kansas City

2
nights
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.
Take a break from Santa Barbara with a short trip to Camarillo Public Library in Camarillo, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planner .

Kansas City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Santa Barbara is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kansas City in September, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

2
nights
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 (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 85°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, then learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, then explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and finally ponder the design of J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City itinerary planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Kansas City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Kansas City. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums

Side Trip

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum ©
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

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