14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Half Moon Bay
— 1 night
Drive
3
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
8
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
9
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
10
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
11
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive
12
Santa Ynez
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

Half Moon Bay

— 1 night
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Half Moon Bay road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In February in Half Moon Bay, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — 29:

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz day trip planning app.

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in February, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 1:

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. On the 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey road trip tool.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally do a tasting at Silvestri Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel travel route planner.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:

Big Sur

— 1 night

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 4th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cambria journey maker tool.

Cambria is just a short distance from San Simeon. In March, daily temperatures in Cambria can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Heron and Cormorant Rookery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay online day trip planner.

Morro Bay is just a stone's throw from Cambria. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in March since evenings lows in Morro Bay dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then do a tasting at Sans Liege Wines, and finally steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach road trip planning site.

Pismo Beach is just a stone's throw from Morro Bay. March in Pismo Beach sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

Solvang

— 1 night
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, and then do a tasting at The Sanger Family of Wines.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Solvang tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in March, Solvang is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Ynez day trip planning tool.

Santa Ynez is just a stone's throw from Solvang. In March in Santa Ynez, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Ynez to Santa Barbara in an hour. Traveling from Santa Ynez in March, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Santa Monica

— 1 night

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica planning website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 14°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.