13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip builder

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 1 day

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip planner.

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 September, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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. 17-Mile Drive has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Oracle Park, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, and other attractions. Visit Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge for their historical value. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

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Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Sonoma

— 2 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sonoma travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sonoma when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 9°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Napa

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): do a tasting at Donum Estate.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa online journey planner.

Napa is just a stone's throw from Sonoma. October in Napa sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Napa in October, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.