5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark


2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). On the 8th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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