8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday maker

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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Napa
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Tampa to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in December, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara route maker site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Scenic Road Walkway, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then do a tasting at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Napa

— 4 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Step out of Napa to go to Glen Ellen and see Benziger Family Winery, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 19th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Trefethen Family Vineyards, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Napa trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Napa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Napa, with lows around 35°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.