8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Santa Clarita
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online road trip planner.

Phoenix to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then walk around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Big Sur online holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in May: highs in Big Sur hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove, and stroll through Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Santa Clarita

— 1 night
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. On the 30th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Planning Santa Clarita trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Clarita takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Santa Clarita hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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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.