2 days in California Itinerary

2 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Fly
1
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 see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park visit planning site.

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. September in Joshua Tree National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs

On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip maker tool.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 44°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time 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 find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara journey planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for colder days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Discover how to plan a Solvang trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: highs in Solvang hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Big Sur.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Solvang to Big Sur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough 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. To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Big Sur to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car 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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