5 days in California Itinerary

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Half Moon Bay
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Carmel
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Big Sur
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Half Moon Bay road trip site.

San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of subway and taxi. In April, Half Moon Bay is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Santa Cruz.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning site.

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 somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. You'll set off for Carmel on the 2nd (Fri).
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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. Plan a Carmel trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 2nd (Fri).
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Big Sur vacation tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel website.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Solvang travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Solvang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Santa Barbara.
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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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara travel planning tool.

You can drive from Solvang to Santa Barbara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Solvang in April since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 11°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can 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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