5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary builder

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Solvang
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Morro Bay
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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San Luis Obispo
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Cambria
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Paso Robles
— 1 night
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Solvang trip planning app.

Las Vegas to Solvang is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Solvang. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Solvang

Transportation · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

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 17th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Morro Bay journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Morro Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in October, Morro Bay is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature · Parks
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Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Pismo Beach itinerary planner.

Pismo Beach is very close to Morro Bay. In October, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Shopping

Side Trip

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Ancient Peaks Winery.

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San Luis Obispo is just a short distance from Pismo Beach. In October in San Luis Obispo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cambria.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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). Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Cambria Nursery and Florist and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Cambria takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cambria when traveling from San Luis Obispo in October, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 19th (Mon), hike along Partington Cove.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur journey builder website.

You can drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cambria, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then get the lay of the land with Carmel Walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey online road trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery, learn about winemaking at Calcareous Vineyard, and then relax in the rural setting at San Miguel Olive Farm.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paso Robles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: highs in Paso Robles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.