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

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

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive to San Luis County Regional Airport, Fly to Grand Island

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Carmel

— 4 nights
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. Carmel is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip builder.

Grand Island to Carmel is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Island to Carmel is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Island in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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San Luis Obispo

— 2 nights
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Explore San Luis Obispo's surroundings by going to San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop & Hearst Castle) and Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve & Moonstone Beach). There's much more to do: get great views at Bishop Peak, stop by The Shell Shop, and explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then experience rural life at Rutiz Family Farms, and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach route planner.

Pismo Beach is just a short distance from San Luis Obispo. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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