9 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Los Angeles Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pescadero State Beach and Mavericks. Explore hidden gems such as Lands End and Ferry Building Marketplace. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Half Moon Bay (Pomponio State Beach, Cowell Ranch State Beach, &more) and Hillsdale Shopping Center (in San Mateo). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Saint Louis to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint Louis in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Partington Cove, shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Molera Horseback Tours, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, hike along Salmon Creek Falls Trail, then hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally stroll through Sand Dollar Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Big Sur visit planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

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 3rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, engage your brain at California Science Center, then look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, then shop like a local with The Grove, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, then see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, then make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles visit planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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