13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as The Getty Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online vacation planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In November, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You've now added Santa Monica Pier to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally stroll through Ocean View Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica travel route planner .

Los Angeles to Santa Monica is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or ride a tram. November in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, then stroll through Ryan Mountain, and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in November, Joshua Tree National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a stroll through State Street, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in November: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 79°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Museums
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain

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