10 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

10 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

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10 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, then pause for some serene contemplation at Stanford Memorial Church, and finally take in the architecture and design of Stanford University.

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Ottawa, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Stanford University ©
Stanford University
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

2
nights
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): do a tasting at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally learn about winemaking at Derby Wine Estates.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Paso Robles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Elephant Seal Rookery, Moonstone Beach, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Paso Robles in August: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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