11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker website.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in May, with highs in San Francisco at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Big Sur — 1 night

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 10th (Wed), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Pismo Beach — 2 nights

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Pismo Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Parks · Wildlife
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Santa Barbara — 1 day

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 12th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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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San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.
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