10 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Maria
— 1 day
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Sacramento
— 3 nights
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Shasta Lake
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Agoura Hills
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Agoura Hills
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Santa Maria — 1 day

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): have fun and explore at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Maria trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Maria is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Santa Maria. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.
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Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums
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San Jose — 3 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Monterey (17-Mile Drive & Monterey Bay Aquarium). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, walk around Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, make a trip to Sikh Gurdwara, and look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose tour app.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Santa Maria, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive
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Sacramento — 3 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Step out of Sacramento to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at Sac Brew Bike, examine the collection at Old Sacramento, look for gifts at Andy's Candy Apothecary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sacramento road trip planning tool.

Getting from San Jose to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sacramento are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shasta Lake.
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Tours · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors
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Shasta Lake — 1 night

The City of Shasta Lake is a city in Shasta County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Shasta Lake.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shasta Lake trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Shasta Lake takes 3 hours. December in Shasta Lake sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Sacramento.
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Sacramento — 1 night

River City

On the 18th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at Sac Brew Bike.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Shasta Lake to Sacramento takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Agoura Hills.
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Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Agoura Hills — 1 night

Agoura Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Agoura Hills day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sacramento to Agoura Hills with the Route module. Traveling from Sacramento in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Agoura Hills: highs are around 68°F and lows about 47°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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California travel guide

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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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