13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palo Alto
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

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Oslo, Norway to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. In October, Los Angeles is much hotter than Oslo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 4 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Sur State Historic Park and Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Explore hidden gems such as Ragged Point and Mission San Antonio de Padua. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Hearst Ranch Winery, &more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, cruise along Old Coast Road, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and hike along Partington Cove.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, Big Sur is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Get some cultural insight at Seymour Marine Discovery Center and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marina State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (in Gilroy). The adventure continues: stroll through Capitola Beach and take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive.

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You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in October, you will find days in Santa Cruz are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Palo Alto.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palo Alto

— 2 nights
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pescadero State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, then admire the natural beauty at Filoli, and then admire the masterpieces at Cantor Arts Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palo Alto route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Palo Alto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.