2 days in California Itinerary

2 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner
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Fly
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Joshua Tree National Park
Drive
2
Palm Springs
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
4
Solvang
Drive
5
Big Sur
Drive
6
Monterey
Drive

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip tool.

Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Palm Springs

On the 19th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, Palm Springs is a bit warmer than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 37°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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.
To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Palm Springs - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Old Mission Santa Ines has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Solvang road trip site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in April since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.
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Historic Sites
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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge as well as McWay Falls. On the 20th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

Make your Big Sur itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Solvang to Big Sur in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Solvang in April: highs in Big Sur hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You've now added 17-Mile Drive to your itinerary. On the 20th (Tue), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Monterey route maker app.

Drive from Big Sur to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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