4 days in California Itinerary

4 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Francisco
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Napa
— 1 night
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San Francisco
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San Diego

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Seattle to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in August, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) 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.
On the 10th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel route builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

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 photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. You will leave for San Francisco on the 11th (Tue).
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Tue), go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Napa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for San Francisco.
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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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