5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

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San Diego
Drive
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Malibu
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Paso Robles
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Diego

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego travel route planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Diego. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. You'll set off for Malibu on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Malibu fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from San Diego to Malibu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. November in Malibu sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach and then stop by Fox Fine Jewelry.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Paso Robles

— 1 night

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
On the 26th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Tours · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paso Robles in November: highs in Big Sur hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Pinos Lighthouse. And it doesn't end there: trek along Scenic Road Walkway, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.