8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, Florida
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  13 h 30 min
1
Dana Point
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Cayucos
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Dana Point
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
End: Jacksonville, Florida

3
nights
Dana Point

Dana Point ©
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dana Point Harbor as well as Disneyland Park. Popular historic sites such as Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano and Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Eco-Adventure Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The adventure continues: step aboard The Pilgrim.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dana Point visit planning site .

Jacksonville to Dana Point is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Dana Point due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Dana Point are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Dana Point

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano ©

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Cabrillo Bike Path, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then stroll around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Drive from Dana Point to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Dana Point in March, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Dana Point.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Reagan Ranch Center ©
Reagan Ranch Center
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

1
night
Cayucos

Cayucos ©
Cayucos is a census-designated place located on the coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1 between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. On the 17th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Cayucos Pier, then contemplate the waterfront views at Morro Bay National Estuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Morro Strand State Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cayucos online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cayucos takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dana Point.

Things to do in Cayucos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Morro Bay
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Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach
Cayucos Pier ©
Cayucos Pier

1
night
Dana Point

Dana Point
To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dana Point trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayucos to Dana Point. Traveling from Cayucos in March, Dana Point is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
day
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dana Point to San Diego by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado
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Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

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