5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly + subway:  6​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: San Antonio

1
night
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 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then shop like a local with Union Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker site .

San Antonio to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. While traveling from San Antonio, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Nature Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February in Carmel, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then browse the different shops at The Grove, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in February, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Grove ©
The Grove

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