8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Solvang
— 1 night
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Paso Robles
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 2 nights

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

Plan trip to Santa Barbara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in December since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks
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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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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, then sample some tasty brews at Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours, and finally admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Solvang vacation app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Solvang are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours ©
Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paso Robles online road trip planner.

Drive from Solvang to Paso Robles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 33°F. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carmel Valley (Garland Ranch Regional Park & Joyce Vineyards) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Big Sur, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park

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