12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips California travel planner
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
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Ventura
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Cambria
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Santa Cruz
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Clarita
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles — 1 day

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 22nd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ventura.
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Ventura — 2 nights

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): catch all the local highlights with Island Packers and then walk around Serra Cross Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ventura online tour planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Ventura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Ventura, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Tours · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Santa Barbara is just a stone's throw from Ventura. Traveling from Ventura in November, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Santa Barbara. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Cambria.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods
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Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Vista Point.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cambria holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in November since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 5°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz — 5 nights

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Carmel (Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel & Point Lobos) and Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium & 17-Mile Drive).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Cruz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Venture out of the city with trips to Three Rivers (The Senate & Slick Rock Recreation Area). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In November in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Santa Clarita.
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Santa Clarita — 1 night

Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Clarita vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Clarita. In December, Santa Clarita is a bit warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Los Angeles.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Clarita to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
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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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