5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Half Moon Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at China Beach and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour builder site .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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China Beach ©
China Beach
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): do a tasting at La Nebbia Winery and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Half Moon Bay attractions planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, Half Moon Bay is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 67°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
La Nebbia Winery ©
La Nebbia Winery

1
night
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. For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Before you visit Cambria, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Shopping Parks
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Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

few
hours
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.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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