Epic California Vacation!

We’re going beyond the theme parks today as you follow me and my family on one of our annual summer trips! Our trip consisted of a six-day tour on the coastline of California from San Francisco all the way down to Los Angeles, California.

The itinerary I created for my family allowed us to hit some popular spots and also some unknown areas. We had an absolute blast! I am definitely a Cali girl at heart!

This California vacation catered to our family needs. You can take this itinerary and adjust it based on what works for you.

Six Day California Itinerary


Day One: Explore San Francisco. Enjoy nightlife later in the evening.

Day Two: Do a wine tour for the first half of the day and relax later in the day.

Day Three: Drive the Pacific Coast Highway road trip to LA. Leave San Francisco at 730 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles by 8 p.m.

Day Four: Have a Tourist Day. Explore Los Angeles area and do a food tour.

Day Five: Visit Universal Studios Hollywood for the first half of the day, then relax at the hotel.

Day Six: Drive around the coastal towns of Los Angeles, such as Santa Monica, and depart later that evening.

Here’s our perfect California vacation. Watch and Enjoy!

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California Travel Guide Video Time Markers


  • Dallas, Texas layover 0:01
  • The Donatello Hotel San Francisco, CA 0:28
  • Tacorea Burrito Place San Francisco, CA 0:40
  • Apple Flagship Store San Francisco, CA 0:45
  • CoCo Bang Korean Restaurant San Francisco, CA 1:08


  • Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, CA 1:20
  • Sonoma County Wine Tour with Green Dream Tours 1:55
  • Larson Family Winery Sonoma County, CA 1:59
  • Nicholson Ranch Winery Sonoma County, CA 2:53
  • Napa Valley, CA 4:20
  • Jameson Ranch Winery Napa Valley, CA 4:30
  • Chinatown San Francisco, CA 4:53
  • Tony’s Pizzeria San Francisco, CA 5:15


  • Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: San Francisco to Los Angeles 5:24
  • Monterey, CA 5:42
  • Big Sur, CA 7:06
  • Vista Point 7:23
  • Loews Hollywood Hotel


  • Hollywood, CA 12:39
  • Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles Hollywood, CA 7:57
  • Chinese Theater Hollywood, CA 8:18
  • Staples Center Los Angeles, CA 8:31
  • Beverly Hills, CA 8:35
  • PINK’S Hotdogs Hollywood, CA 8:46


  • Universal Studios Hollywood, CA 9:10
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter 9:32
  • Jinya Ramen Express Hollywood, CA 11:56


  • Randy’s Donuts Inglewood, CA 12:11
  • Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 12:20
  • Departure

Flights and Reservations

Before you go
  • E-ticket: The confirmation email can be used as an E-ticket, if it’s attached. Remember to bring your itinerary and government-issued photo ID for airport check-in and security.
  • Contact the airline to confirm: specific seat assignments, special meals, frequent flyer point awards, special assistance requests.
  • Check into flight early on mobile app or online.
  • Review flight details: itinerary number, flight number, confirmation number, etc.
  • Make sure your reservations (hotels, flights, tours, etc.) are booked AND confirmed.

San Francisco

California travel guide

Top Places to Eat at in San Francisco
San Francisco Bars and Coffee Shops
Things to Do in San Francisco
16th Avenue Tiled Steps Alamo Square (Painted Ladies Homes)
Alcatraz Alvord Street Bridge
Aquatic Park AT&T Park
Avital Tours- Food Tour Baker Beach
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Bayview and Hunter’s Point
Bison Paddock Broadway
Cable Cars Chinatown
Civic Center and City Hall Coit Tower
Columbarium Conservatory of Flowers
Crissy Field Deloris Park (Can bring own wine)
Dolores Park Downtown & Financial District
Ferry Building Filbert Street Steps
Fisherman’s Wharf Fort Point
Ghirardelli Square Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park Grand View Park
Haight-Ashbury Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Hays Valley Hop on Hop off Bus Tour- City Tour
How Weird Street Faire Japan Town
Japanese Tea Garden Japantown
Lake Merced Land’s End
Legion of Honor Lombard Street
Lombard Street (Curvy Street) Market Street
Mission San Francisco de Asís (a.k.a. Mission Dolores) Mount Davidson
North Beach Ocean Beach
Palace of Fine Arts Pier 39
POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces) and Rooftop Gardens Presidio
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Shakespeare Garden
St. Francis Wood Steep Sidewalks
Stern Grove Strawberry Hill
Sunset District Sutro Tower
Telegraph Hill Parrots The Adorable Houses of San Francisco
The Castro The Mission
The Night Life The People of San Francisco
The Saloon (Oldest Bar in the City) and Tadich Grill (Oldest Restaurant in San Francisco and California) The Tenderloin
Tours Transamerica Pyramid
Treasure Island Union Square
VC Morris Gift Shop (a.k.a. the Xanadu Gallery) Wave Organ
World Famous Sea Lions Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Island  


13 Lucky Pacific Coast Highway Tips

Pacific Coast Highway Tips

  1. Be prepared for the high elevation.
  2. If you’re prone to car sickness bring Dramamine. Use Dramamine only if you’re NOT driving. It can cause drowsiness.
  3. Verify the one-way car rental guidelines.
  4. Drive a comfortable and RELIABLE car.
  5. Rent a convertible.
  6. Have a full tank of gas.
  7. Pick your music playlist or line up your podcasts before you go.
  8. Have snacks and water.
  9. Take a restroom break as often as you can.
  10. Have camera and phone fully charged.
  11. Stay highly alert while driving. Take turns driving if you’re traveling with someone.
  12. Take your time exploring the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.
  13. Have fun!

Los Angeles, California

PINKS Hot Dogs

Top Places to Eat at in Los Angeles
Coffee Shops, Bars and Lounges in Los Angeles
Things to Do in Los Angeles
Beverly Hills Disneyland
Free Museum Days Griffith Observatory
Guitar Center Sunset (Rock and Roll Fame) Knott’s Berry Farm
La Brea Tar Pits Runyon Canyon
Santa Monica Pier Six Flags Magic Mountain
The Comedy Store Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach Disney California Adventure


I hope you guys enjoyed watching our California vacation. Let me know if you have ever done an epic Cali Trip.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!




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