11 days in Pismo Beach, San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Pismo Beach, San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in Pismo Beach, San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Temecula
Drive:  4 h 45 min
1
Pismo Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
End: Temecula

3
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Morro Strand State Beach. Visit La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and Old Mission Santa Ines for their historical value. Step out of Pismo Beach to go to Los Olivos and see Fess Parker, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pismo Beach travel itinerary planner.

Temecula to Pismo Beach is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Temecula in May, you will find days in Pismo Beach are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park, Morro Strand State Beach, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Fess Parker
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Escape the urban bustle at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Capitola City Beach. Popular historic sites such as Mission San Juan Bautista and Point Pinos Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Lovers Point (in Pacific Grove), Zipline (in Mount Hermon) and National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas).

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary maker.

Getting from Pismo Beach to San Jose by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, National Steinbeck Center, Capitola Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Mission San Juan Bautista
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mumm Napa and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodega Head and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Mavericks (in Half Moon Bay), Napa (The Hess Collection Winery & O'Brien Estate Winery) and Point Reyes Seashore National Park (in Point Reyes Station).

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Mumm Napa, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Bodega Head
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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