9 days in Los Angeles, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, California's Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Hawthorne
Drive:  30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Hawthorne

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get advice or help at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then meet the residents at Aquarium of the Pacific. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

Hawthorne to Los Angeles is an approximately half hour car ride. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Aquarium of the Pacific, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Aquarium of the Pacific ©
Aquarium of the Pacific

1
night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 1st (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then stop by Alapay Cellars, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Pismo Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Pismo Beach when traveling from Los Angeles in January, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Avila Beach
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Alapay Cellars ©
Alapay Cellars

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, stop by Cambria Nursery & Florist, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Simeon holiday website .

Getting from Pismo Beach to San Simeon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in February, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Sun), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, look for gifts at Alexander Book Company, then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and finally explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Simeon in February, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then hike along Point Lobos, and then stroll through Dennis the Menace Park. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and then take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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