9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner
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Riverside
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salinas
— 1 day
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Riverside

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Riverside — 1 night

Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Riverside online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Riverside. In May, daytime highs in Riverside are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Monterey.
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Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey driving holiday tool.

Getting from Riverside to Monterey by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Riverside in May, things will get little chillier in Monterey: highs are around 65°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Salinas.
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Side Trips

Salinas — 1 day

Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. On the 28th (Sat), get outside with Elkhorn Slough Safari, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and then stroll through San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salinas itinerary builder app.

Salinas is very close to Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo — 4 nights

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Santa Barbara (Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, and take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo holiday builder website.

Getting from Salinas to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Riverside.
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Riverside

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Riverside trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Luis Obispo to Riverside takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, things will get a bit warmer in Riverside: highs are around 90°F and lows about 62°F.
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California travel guide

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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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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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