7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
bus:  1​h
1
Riverside
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Irvine
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Stanford
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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night
Riverside

Riverside ©
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about all things military at March Field Air Museum, stroll the grounds of Riverside National Cemetery, then walk around Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, and finally make a trip to World's Largest Paper Cup. On the next day, stroll around Mount Rubidoux Park, immerse yourself in nature at California Citrus State Historic Park, then examine the collection at Phenix Technology, Inc. Firefighter History Museum, and finally stroll around Hunter Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Riverside tour planner.

Los Angeles to Riverside is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Irvine.

Things to do in Riverside

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Mount Rubidoux Park ©
Mount Rubidoux Park
Riverside National Cemetery ©
Riverside National Cemetery
March Field Air Museum ©
March Field Air Museum

1
night
Irvine

Irvine ©
Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Irvine day trip planning website .

Drive from Riverside to Irvine in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Stanford.

Things to do in Irvine

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Irvine Spectrum Center ©
Irvine Spectrum Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Stanford

Stanford ©
Stanford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Clara County, California, United States and is the home of Stanford University. On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Anderson Collection at Stanford University, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Sculpture Garden, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Stanford trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Irvine to Stanford with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Irvine in December, with highs in Stanford at 59°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Stanford

Museums Parks
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Rodin Sculpture Garden ©
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden ©
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

3
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 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Stanford to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Stanford, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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