28 days in Southern California Itinerary

28 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California trip itinerary maker

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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 9 nights
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Riverside
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 10 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 5 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 3rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

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Denver to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Santa Barbara. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in May since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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Los Angeles

— 9 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 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles planning site.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Riverside.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
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Riverside

— 3 nights
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. When in Riverside, make a side trip to see Rim of the World Highway in San Bernardino, approximately San Bernardino away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Riverside National Cemetery, examine the collection at Riverside Art Museum, admire the majestic nature at California Citrus State Historic Park, and stroll around Mount Rubidoux Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Riverside travel route planning tool.

Drive from Los Angeles to Riverside in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Riverside, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Riverside

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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San Diego

— 10 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 26th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll through La Jolla Cove.

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Getting from Riverside to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Riverside, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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