11 days in Southern California Itinerary

11 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California trip itinerary maker

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Riverside
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder tool.

Springfield to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Springfield to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Springfield in April since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 58°F. You'll set off for Riverside on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games
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Riverside

— 2 nights
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll the grounds of Riverside National Cemetery and then walk around Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at California Citrus State Historic Park and then get engrossed in the history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Riverside day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Riverside takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Riverside hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Riverside

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Dedicate the 5th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Santa Barbara Art Glass, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara route maker.

Drive from Riverside to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Riverside in May: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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