2 days in California Itinerary

2 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Half Moon Bay
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Half Moon Bay
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Santa Cruz
Drive
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Monterey
Taxi
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Carmel
Drive
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Big Sur
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Half Moon Bay travel website.

London, UK to Half Moon Bay is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from London in April since evenings lows in Half Moon Bay dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Santa Cruz on the 1st (Thu).
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll set off for Monterey on the 1st (Thu).
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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. For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monterey road trip website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for Carmel on the 1st (Thu).
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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 find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 1 day

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip site.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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