28 days in Southern California Itinerary

28 days in Southern California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern California travel route planner

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San Diego
— 8 nights
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San Bernardino
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 9 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 8 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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

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Denver to San Diego is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Bernardino.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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San Bernardino

— 5 nights
San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (sometimes called the "Inland Empire"). Explore San Bernardino's surroundings by going to Riverside (March Field Air Museum, Riverside National Cemetery, &more). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through San Bernardino National Forest, see the interesting displays at Original McDonald's Site and Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Inland Empire Military Museum, and bet on your favorite at Glen Helen Raceway.

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Drive from San Diego to San Bernardino in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in San Bernardino hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Bernardino

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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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 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the natural beauty at The Japanese Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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You can drive from San Bernardino to Los Angeles in 1.5 hours. While traveling from San Bernardino, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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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 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 79°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums
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