13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  1​h
1
Costa Mesa
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

6
nights
Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa ©
Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, California. Popular historic sites such as Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Clemente State Beach and 1,000 Steps Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Costa Mesa: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda) and San Clemente Wine Company (in San Clemente). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Wiens Family Cellars - Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, look for gifts at Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, and revel in the low prices at Cabazon Outlets.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Costa Mesa route planner.

Los Angeles to Costa Mesa is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Costa Mesa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, Cabazon Outlets
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1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological

1
night
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.
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour planner.

You can drive from Costa Mesa to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Costa Mesa in May, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 13°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping
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Chocolate Maya ©
Chocolate Maya

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Plan my trip to Big Sur with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Big Sur by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you will find days in Big Sur are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Bodega Head and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Charles M. Schulz Museum and Mumm Napa. Venture out of the city with trips to Napa (Oxbow Public Market & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum), Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma) and Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and stop by Boudin at the Wharf.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco attractions planner .

Getting from Big Sur to San Francisco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Bodega Head, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Sonoma Valley
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Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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