10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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Palm Springs
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 day
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs

— 6 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Desert (Desert Holocaust Memorial & The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens), Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Old Town Temecula) and Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness (in Idyllwild).

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip planning site.

Los Angeles to Palm Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In May, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 93°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip website.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Big Sur

— 1 day

Big Country of the South

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 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

California travel guide

4.1
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.