8 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Huntington Beach Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Huntington Beach Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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Huntington Beach
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

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 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Rodeo Beach, then examine the collection at The Marine Mammal Center, and finally kick back and relax at Baker Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then stroll through San Gregorio State Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Devil's Slide Trail.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Francisco. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Step out of the city life by going to Andrew Molera State Park and Point Sur State Historic Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Partington Cove and Old Coast Road. Step out of Big Sur to go to Carmel Valley and see Garland Ranch Regional Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge, snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Big Sur route builder site.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Huntington Beach

— 2 nights
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. On the 19th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Environmental Nature Center and then trek along Castaways Park. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Victoria Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Treasure Island Beach, and finally stroll through Wood's Cove.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Huntington Beach vacation planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Huntington Beach in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Huntington Beach: highs are around 80°F and lows about 67°F.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips