9 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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— 6 nights
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Los Angeles

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.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning site.

Norfolk to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Norfolk to Los Angeles. Traveling from Norfolk in October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 8th (Sat).
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Santa Barbara — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and Reagan Ranch Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carpinteria State Beach and Oxnard Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Solvang (Old Mission Santa Ines & Elverhoj Museum History & Art), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Santa Ynez) and Los Olivos (Stolpman Vineyards & Epiphany Cellars). There's lots more to do: trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, explore the galleries of Casa del Herrero, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and explore and take pictures at Santa Barbara Scenic Drive.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planning site.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 77°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the world behind art at The Broad, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally stop by LA Farmers' Market. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in October, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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