11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Drive to Bradley International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Vacaville
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Vacaville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 day
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Vacaville

— 2 nights
Vacaville is a city located in Solano County in Northern California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Vacaville Premium Outlets, then walk around Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Nut Tree Family Park. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Farmers Market, then visit Davis Campus of the University of California, and then look for gifts at Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vacaville road trip tool.

Albany to Vacaville is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Vacaville is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Albany in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vacaville: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Vacaville

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 4th (Sun), savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then do a tasting at Domaine Carneros.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa online trip builder.

Drive from Vacaville to Napa in an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vacaville in July: high temperatures in Napa hover around 79°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

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. On the 6th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Napa to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll set off for Cambria on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Cambria

— 1 day
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, then make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Cambria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are warmer, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cambria to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Santa Barbara

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Ventura (Serra Cross Park, Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, &more), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and cruise along State Street Underpass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel route builder site.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in July: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.