57 days in California & South Central Kansas Itinerary

57 days in California & South Central Kansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Drive to Great Bend
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Great Bend
— 3 nights
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Lindsborg
— 3 nights
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El Dorado
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Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica), Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Tarzan's Treehouse, &more). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the landscape on two wheels at South Bay Bicycle Trail, examine the collection at Paley Center for Media, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Wichita to Los Angeles is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Wichita to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wichita in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Central Coast Food and Wine Tours (in San Luis Obispo), Sanford Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc) and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 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 LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Felton (Loch Lomond Recreation Area & Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park), Rio Del Mar State Beach (in Aptos) and Santa Cruz (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Santa Cruz Wharf). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey route maker app.

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Monterey reach 69°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Oakland California Temple in Oakland (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online visit planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Napa

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Jordan Vineyard & Winery), Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz Museum & Safari West) and Ace It Bike Tours (in Windsor). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, stop by Oakville Grocery, and immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 10 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 15th (Sun), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Napa in August, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Great Bend.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Great Bend

— 3 nights
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Kansas, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hutchinson (Cosmosphere, Reno County Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Great Bend Courthouse, get to know the resident critters at Brit Spaugh Zoo, see the interesting displays at Kansas Wetlands Education Center, and experience rural life at Heartland Farm.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Great Bend travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Great Bend with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Great Bend hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lindsborg.

Things to do in Great Bend

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lindsborg

— 3 nights
Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. Lindsborg is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by The Good Merchant, appreciate the history behind Wild Dala Horse Herd, take in the exciting artwork at Courtyard Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lindsborg day trip app.

Drive from Great Bend to Lindsborg in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lindsborg can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to El Dorado.

Things to do in Lindsborg

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

El Dorado

— 2 nights
El Dorado is city and county seat of Butler County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at El Dorado State Park. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum, then look for gifts at Sweet 120, and then admire the masterpieces at Coutts Museum Of Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our El Dorado travel route planning tool.

Drive from Lindsborg to El Dorado in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in El Dorado

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

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.