5 days in United States Itinerary

5 days in United States Itinerary

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5 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Petaluma
Drive:  4​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Luis Obispo
— 1 day
3
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Petaluma

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes UCSC Arboretum. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at UCSC Arboretum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz day trip tool .

Petaluma to Santa Cruz is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In March, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In March, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Monarch Butterfly Grove
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Speed Boats Tours
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach day trip planning tool .

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from San Luis Obispo. March in Pismo Beach sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Santa Barbara.
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The Luffa Farm ©
The Luffa Farm

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip maker app .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you will find days in Big Sur are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). You will leave for Monterey on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monterey online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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