6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Carmel
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Solvang
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Oklahoma City

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planner.

Oklahoma City to Santa Cruz is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Oklahoma City to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Oklahoma City in August; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Swanton Berry Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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hours
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 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Big Sur, use our trip itinerary maker.

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
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 9th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip itinerary maker .

Morro Bay is very close to Cambria. Traveling from Cambria in August, you will find days in Morro Bay are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 10th (Sat), you're off toSolvang.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Friends of the Elephant Seal, Moonstone Beach
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll around Hans Christian Andersen Park, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Solvang trip maker site .

You can drive from Morro Bay to Solvang in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Morro Bay in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Solvang: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Solvang

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Hans Christian Andersen Museum ©
Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Hans Christian Andersen Park ©
Hans Christian Andersen Park

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