11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Diego
— 3 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.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charlotte in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

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 4th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip app.

You can drive from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

Plan my trip to San Diego with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

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.