8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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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.
On the 5th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker app.

Shreveport to Santa Barbara is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Shreveport in June: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo

— 2 nights
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo trip tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip website.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
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.