6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cayucos
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Osos
Drive
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Avila Beach
Drive
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Pismo Beach
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
Drive
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Morro Bay
Drive
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Cambria
Drive
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San Simeon
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
Taxi
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Monterey
Drive
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Capitola
Taxi
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Santa Cruz
Drive
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Half Moon Bay
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

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 19th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Nightlife · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 21st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route builder site.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cayucos.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Cayucos

— 1 night
Cayucos is a census-designated place located on the coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1 between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cayucos visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Cayucos with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May; daily highs in Cayucos reach 73°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Los Osos.

Things to do in Cayucos

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wineries

Los Osos

Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Osos travel route planning app.

Los Osos is very close to Cayucos. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You will leave for Avila Beach on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Avila Beach trip planning tool.

Avila Beach is very close to Los Osos. In May, daytime highs in Avila Beach are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You'll set off for Pismo Beach on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach trip itinerary builder site.

Pismo Beach is just a stone's throw from Avila Beach. In May in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll set off for San Luis Obispo on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

San Luis Obispo

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. To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo journey planner.

San Luis Obispo is very close to Pismo Beach. In May in San Luis Obispo, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll set off for Morro Bay on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock and then stop by The Shell Shop.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay holiday planner.

Morro Bay is very close to San Luis Obispo. In May, daily temperatures in Morro Bay can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature · Parks · Shopping

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). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Amphora Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cambria trip builder tool.

Cambria is very close to Morro Bay. Traveling from Morro Bay in May, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Shopping · Museums

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.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Simeon fast, fun, and easy.

San Simeon is just a stone's throw from Cambria. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). You'll set off for Carmel on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will leave for Monterey on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will leave for Capitola on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Capitola

Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Capitola Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Capitola trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Capitola in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Capitola can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Capitola

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz tour itinerary builder site.

Santa Cruz is just a stone's throw from Capitola. In May, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You will leave for Half Moon Bay on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Half Moon Bay trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 49°F. You will leave for San Francisco on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

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

Drive from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Half Moon Bay in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.