5 days in Fresno, California's Central Coast & Big Sur Itinerary

5 days in Fresno, California's Central Coast & Big Sur Itinerary

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5 days in Fresno, California's Central Coast & Big Sur Itinerary

Start: Laguna Beach
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Fresno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Riverside

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Fresno

Fresno ©
On the 28th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Fresno Water Tower and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fresno trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Laguna Beach to Fresno is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Laguna Beach in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fresno: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

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St George Greek Orthodox Church ©
St George Greek Orthodox Church
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company ©
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Old Fresno Water Tower ©
Old Fresno Water Tower

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 30th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, then examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, and then look for gifts at The Shell Shop.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Fresno to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Fresno in May, with highs in Morro Bay at 73°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Shopping Museums

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San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association
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The Shell Shop ©
The Shell Shop
Morro Bay Skateboard Museum ©
Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

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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 31st (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park and then get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur road trip app .

Getting from Morro Bay to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Morro Bay in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Big Sur, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Monterey.

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Parks Nature Shopping
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Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at AiX.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Scenic Road Walkway, AiX, Lovers Point
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Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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