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California Vacation Time Calculator

This calculator will help you get divide your time and decide how much you can really see. It's easy to use, so you can try different combinations of places and create the plan that's best for you.

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California Vacation Calculator

How many days will you be traveling in California?
Do not include travel time to get here or get home.
Your Plans
Enter the time you want to spend in each place in days or parts
of days (0.25 equals one-fourth of a day or two hours)
days Coast Highway Los Angeles to San Francisco
1 long day (9 to 10 hours with few stops)
2 days is better
See more about Hearst Castle and Monterey below
days Coast Highway San Francisco to Oregon Border
1 very long day, but 2 is better
days Death Valley: 1 day and night
days Disneyland
Disneyland Park: 1.5 to 2 days
California Adventure 0.5 to 1 day
days Hearst Castle: 0.5 day
days Hollywood
Hollywood Boulevard and area: 1 day
Universal Studios: 1 day
days Lake Tahoe: 1 to 2 days
days Las Vegas Side Trip
Driving time each way from Los Angeles: 0.5 day
Driving time each way from San Diego: 0.6 day
Driving time each way from San Francisco: 1 day
Time in Las Vegas: 1 day minimum, 2 is better
days Los Angeles (not including Disneyland, Hollywood)
Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills: 0.5 day
Venice Beach, Santa Monica: 0.5 to 1 day
Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach: 0.5 to 1 day
Knott's Berry Farm, Magic Mountain: 1 day each
Pasadena: 0.5 day
Museum lovers add at least 1 day
days Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur: 1 to 2 days
days Palm Springs: 1 to 2 days
days San Diego
Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park or
Legoland: 1 day each
Tijuana: 0.5 to 1 day
Other sights: 1 to 2 days
days San Francisco
Alcatraz: 0.5 day
Other sights: 1.5 to 2 days
Wine Country or Monterey side trip: 1 day each
days Santa Barbara: 0.5 to 1 day
days Wine Country: 1 day
days Yosemite: 1 full day minimum, 2 is better
Driving time from San Francisco: 4 hours each way
days Other Plans
This is where you account for anything from a day at Aunt Tillie's to a day at the spa or an afternoon nap. We recommend one day "doing nothing" for any trip over 10 days long.
Driving Times
California may be bigger than you think. Enter driving time between your major stops here. Consult the driving distances page if you need more information.
days Driving time
days Driving time
days Driving time

days left
Got Enough Time?
If you see a minus (-) sign, you planned too much.

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