13 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Drive:  45​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  43​h
End: Baltimore

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodega Head and Pomponio State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Pescadero State Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Sebastopol to see Patrick Amiot about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Union Square, examine the collection at de Young Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour planner .

Baltimore to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baltimore in March, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Patrick Amiot, Bodega Head
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then do a tasting at Folktale Winery & Vineyard.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Wineries Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Folktale Winery & Vineyard
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Folktale Winery & Vineyard ©
Folktale Winery & Vineyard

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets, then stop by Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then get a taste of life in the country at Running Horse Ranch.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in April, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 56°F. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Camarillo, Running Horse Ranch, Santa Monica Pier
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Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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