12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Diego
— 4 nights
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Family-friendly places like SeaWorld San Diego and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Black's Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool.

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday tool.

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in July since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Battery Spencer
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, thentake a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, thendon't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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