34 days in San Jose, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

34 days in San Jose, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

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San Jose
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Monterey
— 10 nights
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San Luis Obispo
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San Jose

San Jose ©

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Get some cultural insight at Darcie Kent Vineyards and Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Head to Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market and Pace Art and Technologyfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge (in Fremont), Moraga Art Gallery (in Moraga) and Livermore (McGrail Vineyards and Winery & Lawrence Livermore National Lab Discovery Center). There's still lots to do: stop by Kepler's Books, get a taste of the local shopping with Allied Arts Guild, browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Palo Alto Farmer's Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Phoenix to San Jose is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Jose. In October, San Jose is a bit cooler than Phoenix - with highs of 77°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market ©
Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market
Oakland California Temple ©
Oakland California Temple
Kepler's Books ©
Kepler's Books

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monterey Bay Food Tours and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Head to AiX and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monterey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Monterey sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Head to State Street Underpass and San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Associationfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours and Studios on the Park. Explore San Luis Obispo's surroundings by going to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Cambria (Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, Greenspace Creekside Reserve, &more) and Paso Robles (Oso Libre, Niner Wine Estates, &more). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Rons, relax in the rural setting at Gopher Glen Farms, view the masterpieces at Steynberg Gallery, and do a tasting at Niven Family Winery (no tasting).

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo day trip planning website.

You can drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in November: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Central Coast Food and Wine Tours ©
Central Coast Food and Wine Tours
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

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