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
— 1 night
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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 find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Half Moon Bay tour itinerary planning website.

San Francisco to Half Moon Bay is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of subway and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in April; daily highs in Half Moon Bay reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel 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): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in April, you will find days in Santa Cruz are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). 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 see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Monterey are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. 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. To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip app.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Big Sur.
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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.
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, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip app.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in April: highs in San Simeon hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Solvang trip builder site.

Drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Solvang sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 44°F at night. 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.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Solvang in April, with lows around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
On the 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly 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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