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

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

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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night

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Carmel

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. Carmel is known for beaches, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool.

Grand Island to Carmel is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Grand Island to Carmel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Island in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting San Luis Obispo side-trips: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal & Hearst Castle) and Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve & Moonstone Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings 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

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Bishop Peak ©
Bishop Peak

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Pismo Beach

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 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

Rutiz Family Farms
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier
Rutiz Family Farms ©
Rutiz Family Farms

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