14 days in Big Sur, Big Bear Region & Palm Springs Itinerary

14 days in Big Sur, Big Bear Region & Palm Springs Itinerary

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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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Big Bear Lake
— 4 nights
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Palm Springs
— 6 nights

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sur: Carmel Valley (Garland Ranch Regional Park & Cima Collina) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

San Jose to Big Sur is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Bear Lake: Church of the Woods (in Lake Arrowhead) and Riverside (Mount Rubidoux Park, Riverside National Cemetery, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Big Bear Lake, identify plant and animal life at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, get in on the family fun at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, and take an in-depth tour of Big Bear Valley Historical Society.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bear Lake travel website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Big Bear Lake in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Sur in December, you will find days in Big Bear Lake are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are much colder (21°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge ©
Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
Riverside National Cemetery ©
Riverside National Cemetery

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Shields Date Garden (in Indio), Temecula (Peltzer Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Joshua Tree National Park (Ryan Mountain, Hidden Valley Nature Trail, &more).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Bear Lake to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Bear Lake in January, expect Palm Springs to be much warmer, temps between 71°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

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Escape Room Palm Springs ©
Escape Room Palm Springs
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Off-Road Tours

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