13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Durham

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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. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Bixby Bridge in Big Sur--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip site.

Durham to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to Monterey. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in August; daily highs in Monterey reach 70°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of West Cliff Drive.

Plan trip to Santa Cruz with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, and then admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 60°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Redwood National Park takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect Redwood National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 52°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.