13 days in California Itinerary

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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Big Sur
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 6 nights


San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally look for gifts at Sebastian General Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, and finally take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Simeon. In March, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Sur State Historic Park.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey online vacation builder.

Getting from Big Sur to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Solvang.
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Solvang — 6 nights

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Get some cultural insight at Sanford Winery & Vineyards and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Solvang: Zaca Mesa Winery (in Los Olivos) and Sevtap Winery Tasting Room (in Santa Barbara). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Solvang travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to Solvang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Solvang, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 42°F.
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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.