6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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Half Moon Bay
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Santa Cruz
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Capitola
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4
Monterey
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Cayucos
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Morro Bay
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Los Osos
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
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13
Pismo Beach
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Avila Beach
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Ventura
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Malibu
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Santa Monica
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Redondo Beach
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Newport Beach
— 1 day
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Laguna Beach
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San Clemente
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip planner.

San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 49°F. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz day trip planning site.

Getting from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in May, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Capitola.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks · Shopping

Capitola

Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Capitola Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Capitola trip planner.

Capitola is just a stone's throw from Santa Cruz. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Capitola

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monterey driving holiday planner.

Drive from Capitola to Monterey in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Plan a Carmel trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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.
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Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You will leave for San Simeon on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

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.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip website.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). You'll set off for Cambria on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Cambria

— 1 night
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). On the 13th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, then steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary maker site.

Cambria is very close to San Simeon. May in Cambria sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cayucos.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Cayucos

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 where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cayucos trip planner.

Cayucos is just a stone's throw from Cambria. Traveling from Cambria in May, you will find days in Cayucos are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Cayucos

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Morro Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Morro Bay is just a stone's throw from Cayucos. In May, daytime highs in Morro Bay are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will leave for Los Osos on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Morro Bay

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Los Osos

Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Osos online driving holiday planner.

Los Osos is just a stone's throw from Morro Bay. In May, daytime highs in Los Osos are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): deepen your understanding at California Polytechnic University, wander the streets of Bubblegum Alley, and then hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder tool.

San Luis Obispo is very close to Los Osos. In May in San Luis Obispo, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Shopping · Neighborhoods

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip planner.

Pismo Beach is very close to San Luis Obispo. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You'll set off for Avila Beach on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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 see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach holiday planner.

Avila Beach is just a stone's throw from Pismo Beach. May in Avila Beach sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara itinerary planning app.

Getting from Avila Beach to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Ventura

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serra Cross Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, and then take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade.

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Ventura is just a stone's throw from Santa Barbara. In May, daily temperatures in Ventura can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Ventura

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Malibu trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica vacation maker.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Malibu. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Redondo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours

Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is one of the many Beach Cities located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Redondo Beach trip maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You will leave for Newport Beach on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Redondo Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours

Newport Beach

— 1 day
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, then admire the striking features of Lovell Beach House, and finally make a trip to Huntington Beach Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Newport Beach road trip planner.

Drive from Redondo Beach to Newport Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Laguna Beach tour planning website.

Laguna Beach is very close to Newport Beach. In May in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to San Clemente.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

San Clemente

San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Planning San Clemente trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

San Clemente is just a stone's throw from Laguna Beach. Traveling from Laguna Beach in May, things will get slightly colder in San Clemente: highs are around 63°F and lows about 53°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Clemente

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

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.