9 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

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9 days in San Jose, California’s Central Coast & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santana Row as well as Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planning tool .

Ottawa, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Santana Row ©
Santana Row

few
hours
San Simeon

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.
You've now added Hearst Castle to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

Planning San Simeon trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to San Simeon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Jose in August, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DAOU Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and Kiler Ridge Olive Farm.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Paso Robles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paso Robles can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ©
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Kiler Ridge Olive Farm ©
Kiler Ridge Olive Farm

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive as well as Lone Cypress. On the 24th (Sat), go for a walk through Lone Cypress and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Monterey using our trip planner.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Lone Cypress
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Lone Cypress ©
Lone Cypress

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co, Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Mission District, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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