16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manhattan Beach
— 5 nights
2
Ventura
— 2 nights
3
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
4
Big Sur
— 3 nights
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights

5
nights
Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Manhattan Beach: Malibu (The Getty Villa, Zuma Beach, &more), Santa Monica (26-Mile Bike Path, Santa Monica State Beach, &more) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Manhattan Beach, take in the waterfront at Manhattan Beach Pier, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manhattan Beach road trip planner.

Chicago to Manhattan Beach is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and tram. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Manhattan Beach. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Manhattan Beach are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Manhattan Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach Pier, Redondo Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
Ventura

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 30th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally stop by Fox Fine Jewelry. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through State Street Underpass and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ventura online road trip planner.

You can drive from Manhattan Beach to Ventura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of tram and train. In July, daily temperatures in Ventura can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Ventura

Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Santa Barbara
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, stop by Alapay Cellars, then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Pismo Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Ventura in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Pismo Beach: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Avila Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Speed Boats Tours
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
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 spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Partington Cove, enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online trip builder.

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. Traveling from Pismo Beach in August, you will find days in Big Sur are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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