15 days in Southern California Itinerary

15 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California vacation planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seaport Village and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Valley, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary website.

Sacramento to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Sacramento in October, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Barbara Art Glass and State Street Underpass. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at LA Farmers' Market and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Petersen Automotive Museum and The Getty Center. Pack the 11th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, take in the exciting artwork at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Annenberg Space for Photography, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
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