9 days in Dana Point, Santa Barbara & Anaheim Itinerary

9 days in Dana Point, Santa Barbara & Anaheim Itinerary

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9 days in Dana Point, Santa Barbara & Anaheim Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
+2
Fly + train + bus:  9​h
1
Dana Point
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sioux Falls

2
nights
Dana Point

Dana Point ©
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. On the 12th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbor Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dana Point trip app .

Sioux Falls to Dana Point is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sioux Falls to Dana Point due to the time zone difference. June in Dana Point sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Harbor Beach
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Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara route builder website .

Traveling by car from Dana Point to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dana Point in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll explore and learn at Planes of Fame Air Museum and Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lyon Air Museum and Seal Beach. Explore Anaheim's surroundings by going to Rancho Palos Verdes (The Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, & more) and Heaps Peak Arboretum (in Skyforest). There's still lots to do: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers, have some family-friendly fun at The VOID, and enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Anaheim takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, things will get a bit warmer in Anaheim: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Planes of Fame Air Museum, Heaps Peak Arboretum
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Lyon Air Museum ©
Lyon Air Museum
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Planes of Fame Air Museum ©
Planes of Fame Air Museum

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