9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
5
Calistoga
— 1 night
6
San Francisco
— 1 night

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker app.

Erie to Santa Cruz is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Erie to Santa Cruz. Traveling from Erie in November, expect Santa Cruz to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. You'll set off for Monterey on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Tours
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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Cannery Row Antique Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then steep yourself in history at Cannery Row.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Monterey are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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. On the 20th (Mon), kick back and relax at Point Lobos and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel vacation planning site.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In November, daytime highs in Carmel are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, thenhike along Partington Cove, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Big Sur online route builder.

Drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 23rd (Thu), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, thenexamine the collection at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, and then do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Calistoga trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Calistoga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and subway. Traveling from Big Sur in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Calistoga, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Helena
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum ©
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Calistoga in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around °F. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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