5 days in California Itinerary

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. For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read 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 subway and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get a bit cooler in Half Moon Bay: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. On the 6th (Sat), 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 6th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Getting from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) 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. For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to Carmel.
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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. For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel online travel route planner.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In March in Carmel, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), you're off 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 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery.

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You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to 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 8th (Mon): make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in March, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (5°C). You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Solvang.
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Solvang trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Solvang by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll travel 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 find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from Solvang to Santa Barbara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in March, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for 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 9th (Tue), examine the collection at The Getty Center and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) 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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