9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Pebble Beach
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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San Simeon
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Cambria
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
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Pismo Beach
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Coronado
— 1 day
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Anaheim
— 1 night
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Painted Ladies, Pigeon Point Light Station, Half Moon Bay State Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip website.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pebble Beach.
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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pebble Beach trip planner.

Pebble Beach is very close to Monterey. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Big Sur.
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Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Bixby Bridge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Pebble Beach to Big Sur takes an hour. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for San Simeon.
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San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon vacation builder.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Cambria.
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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). To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cambria vacation builder site.

Cambria is just a stone's throw from San Simeon. In May, daytime highs in Cambria are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Morro Bay.
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Morro Bay — 1 night

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip planner.

Morro Bay is very close to Cambria. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Morro Bay, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pismo Beach.
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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach vacation planning app.

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from Morro Bay. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Griffith Observatory. On the 4th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay. On your second day here, look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.
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San Diego — 1 night

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Coronado.
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Coronado — 1 day

Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Coronado road trip planner.

Coronado is very close to San Diego. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 1 night

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim road trip website.

Traveling by car from Coronado to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Coronado in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.
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