8 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Cambria Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Cambria Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route builder app.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

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 26th (Thu), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, hike along Partington Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary site.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Rocky Creek Bridge ©
Rocky Creek Bridge

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Cambria

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). Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, stroll through Moonstone Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then shop like a local with Amphora Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Cayucos Pier.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Cambria. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery ©
Stepladder Ranch & Creamery
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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. On the 29th (Sun), trek along Scenic Road Walkway, take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Cambria in November, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Carmel Beach Boardwalk ©
Carmel Beach Boardwalk

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