6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
4
Malibu
— 1 night
Fly

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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive. On the 23rd (Fri), admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle, Limekiln State Park, McWay Falls, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel route planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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.
Funk Zone has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Funk Zone.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara attractions tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 58°F. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malibu.
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Malibu — 1 night

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Your day by day itinerary now includes Point Dume State Beach and Preserve. On the 27th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve and then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Malibu vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Malibu, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (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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