3 days in California Itinerary

3 days in California Itinerary

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Joshua Tree National Park
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Palm Springs
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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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.
You've now added Cholla Cactus Garden to your itinerary. On the 12th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park 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. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 44°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) 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.
For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online sightseeing 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. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. You've now added Old Mission Santa Ines to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Solvang online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Solvang by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, you will find days in Solvang are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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 McWay Falls as well as Bixby Bridge. On the 13th (Tue), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Big Sur tour builder site.

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. Traveling from Solvang in September, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) 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. You've now added 17-Mile Drive to your itinerary. On the 13th (Tue), cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Big Sur to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Monterey sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive back home.
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Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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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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