15 days in Southern California Itinerary

15 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Pack the 2nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Sacramento to Los Angeles is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Santa Barbara

— 3 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 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online holiday builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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San Diego

— 7 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.
Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors
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