9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Napa
Drive:  5​h
1
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Beverly Hills
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Napa

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): walk around Dinosaur Caves Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip planner .

Napa to Pismo Beach is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. In July, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

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night
San Diego

San Diego
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning tool .

Getting from Pismo Beach to San Diego by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 68°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Long Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Tours Parks

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nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
You've now added The Queen Mary to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Queen Mary.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Long Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Long Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Long Beach: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 67°F at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary

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night
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. You've now added A Day in LA Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Mulholland Drive and then shop like a local with Rodeo Drive. On your second day here, gain insight with A Day in LA Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Beverly Hills travel route planner .

Beverly Hills is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 26th (Fri), you're off toMorro Bay.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

A Day in LA Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive

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night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll through Eldwaylen Ocean Park, then take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then explore the engaging exhibits at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, browse the different shops at Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and then walk around Margo Dodd Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pismo Beach trip itinerary builder app .

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from Morro Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Beaches Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

few
hours
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then stop by The Shell Shop, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and finally see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Morro Bay tour builder site .

Getting from Beverly Hills to Morro Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Beverly Hills in July, Morro Bay is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
The Shell Shop ©
The Shell Shop

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 27th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

Before you visit Big Sur, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Morro Bay in July: highs in Big Sur hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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