10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
— 3 nights
Big Sur
— 1 night
San Simeon
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Chennai


Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, identify plant and animal life at Bird Rock Vista Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip planning tool.

Chennai, India to Monterey is an approximately 25.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Monterey. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chennai in March: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Sur.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Big Sur — 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder app.

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Solvang — 2 nights

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, then examine the collection at Hans Christian Andersen Museum, then steep yourself in history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, and finally walk around Nojoqui Falls Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Hans Christian Andersen Park, then stop by Ostrich Land, and then sample some tasty brews at 246 Wine & Brew Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Solvang trip tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Solvang in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Solvang are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours
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California travel guide

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.