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 explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco route planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur day trip site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You will leave for home on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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