3 days in California Itinerary

3 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner
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Joshua Tree National Park
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Palm Springs
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Santa Barbara
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Solvang
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Big Sur
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Monterey
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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.
Cholla Cactus Garden has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner.

Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 102°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online route 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 June, plan for daily highs up to 106°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough 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, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel website.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in June, you will find days in Santa Barbara are colder (72°F), and nights are slightly colder (56°F). You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Solvang.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Tours
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Mission Santa Ines. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Solvang online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Solvang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, you will find days in Solvang are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for 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 McWay Falls as well as Bixby Bridge. On the 7th (Sun), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Solvang to Big Sur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Solvang, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough 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. Your day by day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Monterey are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive back home.
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Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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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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