12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 1 night
2
Napa
— 1 night
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
5
Malibu
— 2 nights
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
7
San Diego
— 2 nights

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel route builder.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Napa

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.
On the 26th (Sun), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Napa online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Napa, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip builder.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then kick back and relax at Carbon Beach, then stroll through Zuma Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach. On the next day, get advice or help at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, and then stroll through Paradise Cove.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Malibu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Malibu are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. When traveling from Malibu in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Plan a San Diego trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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