13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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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. For shopping fun, head to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens or Tom's Farms. Do some cultural sightseeing at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Vindemia Estate Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to San Clemente (San Clemente Wine Company & San Clemente State Beach), Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (in Carlsbad) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Wiens Family Cellars - Winery, identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, revel in the low prices at Cabazon Outlets, and stop by Temecula Olive Oil Company.

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Los Angeles to Costa Mesa is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Costa Mesa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Costa Mesa

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum ©
Del Mar City Beach ©
Del Mar City Beach
Vindemia Estate Winery ©
Vindemia Estate Winery

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, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary 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. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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.
Relax by the water at Bodega Head and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Sonoma Valley and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Napa (Oxbow Public Market & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum), Mumm Napa (in Rutherford) and Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach and look for gifts at Boudin at the Wharf.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Napa, Mumm Napa, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Sonoma Valley, Bodega Head
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Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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