3 days in California Itinerary

3 days in California Itinerary

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Bixby Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Phoenix to Monterey is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to Monterey, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in August, things will get cooler in Monterey: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.