49 days in California Itinerary

49 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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San Diego
— 10 nights
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Los Angeles
— 10 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Morro Bay
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Mendocino
— 5 nights
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Orick
— 6 nights
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San Diego

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and walk around Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 10 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Spadena House, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

Plan trip to Los Angeles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oxnard (Herzog Wine Cellars & Magnavino Cellars), Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (in Ojai) and Ventura (Arroyo Verde Park, Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, &more). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and do a tasting at Sunstone Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour builder app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 75°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay

— 6 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morro Bay: Caparone Winery (in Paso Robles), San Simeon (Ragged Point Overlook, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more) and San Miguel Olive Farm (in San Miguel). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, hike along Valencia Peak Trail, and stroll through Black Hill Trail.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see University of California Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, approximately Santa Cruz away. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find more things to do and tourist information, use the Monterey trip builder website.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Morro Bay, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Mendocino

— 5 nights
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendocino: Philo (Husch Vineyards, Anderson Valley, &more), Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum & B Bryan Preserve) and Lagoon Creek (in Crescent City). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Mendocino Coast, immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park, take an in-depth tour of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mendocino driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Mendocino in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Mendocino are warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Orick.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orick

— 6 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Change things up with these side-trips from Orick: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, Tall Trees Grove, &more) and Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath). The adventure continues: cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, don't miss a visit to Big Tree, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Orick trip maker site.

You can drive from Mendocino to Orick in 4 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Mendocino in July: highs in Orick hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.