8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Encinitas
Drive:  1​h
1
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Carpinteria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Encinitas

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Laguna Beach travel route planning tool .

Encinitas to Laguna Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will leave for Morro Bay on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

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. To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Laguna Beach to Morro Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Laguna Beach in April, Morro Bay is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Big Sur day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Big Sur takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Morro Bay in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carpinteria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Carpinteria

Carpinteria ©
Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. Carpinteria State Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meditation Mount, relax in the rural setting at Ojai Olive Oil, and then learn about winemaking at Topa Mountain Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carpinteria online holiday builder .

You can drive from Big Sur to Carpinteria in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Big Sur in April, expect nights in Carpinteria to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. You will leave for home on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Carpinteria

Parks Wineries Classes

Side Trip

Ojai
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Meditation Mount ©
Meditation Mount
Topa Mountain Winery ©
Topa Mountain Winery

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