7 days in California Itinerary

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Big Sur
— 1 night
— 1 day
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Big Sur

Big Country of the South

Your day by day itinerary now includes Elephant Seal Vista Point, Point Lobos and McWay Falls. On the 23rd (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Vista Point.

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San Jose to Big Sur is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Cambria.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Cambria — 1 night

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Cambria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Cambria, with lows around 33°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Solvang.
Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wineries

Solvang — 1 day

Your list of things to see and do now includes Sunny Fields Park, Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, Visitor Center, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at The Book Loft, stop by Jule Hus, browse for treasures at Solvang Antiques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethania Lutheran Church, then stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park, and finally make a trip to Visitor Center.

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Traveling by car from Cambria to Solvang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Solvang, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Santa Barbara — 1 night

The American Riviera

On the 25th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

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Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
Historic Sites
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

City of Angels

You've added Point Fermin Lighthouse, Playa Del Rey Beach, Redondo Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coalinga.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Coalinga — 1 night

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Coalinga takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get slightly colder in Coalinga: highs are around 58°F and lows about 35°F. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

California travel guide

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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.