24 days in Southern California Itinerary

24 days in Southern California Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
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San Diego
— 11 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Battleship USS Iowa Museum and California Science Center. Family-friendly places like Hollywood Bowl Museum and The Broad will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, stop by Grand Central Market, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner.

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
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Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Nightlife
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Santa Barbara — 7 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.
Visit Thousand Steps Beach and Leadbetter Beach for some beach relaxation. Attractions like Shoreline Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, stroll through El Capitan State Beach, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to San Diego.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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San Diego — 11 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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Jolla Shores Park and Children's Pool. We've included these beaches for you: Mission Beach Park and Pacific Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Fly from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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