13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 day
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Olivos
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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9
San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, then trek along Lands End, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Tamiami to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tamiami to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Tamiami in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are colder with lows around 57°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach and then kick back and relax at Twin Lakes State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rio Del Mar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz journey app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then stroll through Partington Cove, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hawthorne Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Cambria

— 1 day
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally work some fitness into your day at Bluff Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cambria trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in July, you will find days in Cambria are much hotter (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Morro Strand State Beach, explore and take pictures at Rotta Winery, then trek along Black Hill Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Heron and Cormorant Rookery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay day trip planning tool.

Morro Bay is just a stone's throw from Cambria. Traveling from Cambria in July, you will find days in Morro Bay are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): trek along Cerro San Luis, then kick back and relax at Fisherman's Beach, then walk around Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Pismo Beach Dive Shop.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo online travel planner.

San Luis Obispo is very close to Morro Bay. In July, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Olivos.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Olivos

— 1 night
Los Olivos is a census-designated place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Santa Barbara Soaring, cruise along Santa Ynez Wine Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, and finally do a tasting at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Olivos trip planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Los Olivos in an hour. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Olivos, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Olivos

Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then stroll through Douglas Family Preserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach.

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Traveling by car from Los Olivos to Santa Barbara takes an hour. When traveling from Los Olivos in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Del Mar City Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach and then contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.