14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Lompoc
— 1 night
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oakville
— 2 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Four Brix Winery. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of State Street Underpass, do a tasting at Four Brix Winery, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Santa Barbara is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lompoc.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Lompoc

— 1 night
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): do a tasting at Fess Parker, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and then kick back and relax at Jalama Beach County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then stop by Ostrich Land.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Lompoc trip planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Lompoc in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 3 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Step off the beaten path and head to Moonstone Beach Dr and Adelaida Vineyards & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles day trip planner.

Drive from Lompoc to Paso Robles in 2 hours. Traveling from Lompoc in May, you will find days in Paso Robles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Carmel Bay Company and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Carmel Ridge Winery. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary app.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In May in Monterey, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Oakville

— 2 nights
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Oakville trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Monterey to Oakville in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Oakville: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.