13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Nob Hill, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs. There's still lots to do: visit Fisherman's Wharf and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to San Francisco is minus 4 hours. Traveling from San Juan in December, expect San Francisco to be cooler, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Carmel Walks, Point Lobos, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Monterey sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through Piedras Blancas and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online road trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in January, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks
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Highlights from your 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.
Old Mission Santa Barbara has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 43°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Downtown Manhattan Beach, Third Street Promenade, Sunset Strip, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with The Grove, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

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.