8 days in San Jose & Big Sur Itinerary

8 days in San Jose & Big Sur Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then experience rural life at LJB Farms.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Charlotte to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Jose, with lows of 47°F. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Big Sur

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur road trip app.

You can drive from San Jose to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. On the 18th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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