5 days in Carmel & Monterey Itinerary

5 days in Carmel & Monterey Itinerary

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5 days in Carmel & Monterey Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco


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. Visit San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and Carmel Mission for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Garrapata State Park, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary maker.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Garrapata State Park ©
Garrapata State Park


Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary maker.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Mission San Juan Bautista, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse