8 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Monterey Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Big Sur & Monterey Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip planner.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Boston to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will leave for Big Sur on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Bay Recreation Trail, then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will leave for home on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
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