9 days in Carmel, San Luis Obispo & Pismo Beach Itinerary

9 days in Carmel, San Luis Obispo & Pismo Beach Itinerary

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9 days in Carmel, San Luis Obispo & Pismo Beach Itinerary

Grand Island
Fly:  13​h
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Grand Island

3
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Carmel is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and contemplate the long history of Cannery Row.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel vacation planner.

Grand Island to Carmel is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Island in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey
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Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row

3
days
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve & Moonstone Beach) and San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery & Friends of Hearst Castle). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, take some stellar pictures from Bishop Peak, and look for gifts at Shell Shop Inc.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo trip generator.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, San Simeon
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Morro Rock
Friends of Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach

1
day
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 8th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then relax in the rural setting at Rutiz Family Farms, and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

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Pismo Beach is very close to San Luis Obispo. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rutiz Family Farms
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Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Pier
Rutiz Family Farms

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