13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Simi Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Pismo Beach
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Kansas City

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. On the 2nd (Sun), admire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

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Kansas City to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Santa Barbara is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kansas City in May, expect Santa Barbara to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Simi Valley

— 1 night
The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Simi Valley sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Simi Valley by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in May: highs in Simi Valley hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Simi Valley

Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dinosaur Caves Park as well as Monarch Butterfly Grove. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Grove and then walk around Dinosaur Caves Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pismo Beach vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Simi Valley to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, Pismo Beach is a bit cooler than Simi Valley - with highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Morro Bay travel route planning tool.

Morro Bay is just a short distance from Pismo Beach. In May, daytime highs in Morro Bay are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Partington Cove. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Morro Bay, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 51°F. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Roaring Camp Railroads. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz vacation planning site.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Hornblower Classic Cable Cars to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Fort Bragg

— 2 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Jackson State Forest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): tour in style with Skunk Train, admire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and then examine the collection at Sea Glass Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Howland Hill Road, Trillium Falls Hike, Klamath River, and other attractions you added.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park vacation planning site.

Drive from Fort Bragg to Redwood National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for slightly colder days in Redwood National Park, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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.