9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Bus:  30​min
4
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Diego

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In February, daytime highs in San Francisco are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally make a trip to Cannery Row. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Monterey, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Carmel

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip app .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. February in Carmel sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
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 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove. On your second day here, do a tasting at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary builder .

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In February, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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