16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Manhattan Beach
— 5 nights
— 2 nights
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Big Sur
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights


Manhattan Beach — 5 nights

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manhattan Beach: Beverly Hills (Two Rodeo Drive & Mulholland Drive), Santa Monica (Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica Pier, &more) and Malibu (The Getty Villa, Zuma Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through 26-Mile Bike Path, take a leisurely stroll along Hermosa Beach Pier, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Manhattan Beach online route planner.

Chicago to Manhattan Beach is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and tram. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In April, Manhattan Beach is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ventura.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Ventura — 2 nights

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally stop by Fox Fine Jewelry. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of State Street Underpass and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ventura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manhattan Beach to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of tram and train. In April, daytime highs in Ventura are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.
Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trip

Pismo Beach — 2 nights

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 9th (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pismo Beach route planner.

You can drive from Ventura to Pismo Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sur.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Big Sur — 3 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Big Sur is known for beaches, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in April: highs in Big Sur hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trip

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.