13 days in California Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Simeon. In March, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Big Sur.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. On the next day, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sur attractions website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in March, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are a bit warmer (47°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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. On the 31st (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Monterey sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Solvang.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips
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Solvang — 6 nights

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sanford Winery & Vineyards and Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Get out of town with these interesting Solvang side-trips: Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines (in Lompoc), Carrizo Plain National Monument (in Maricopa) and Sevtap Winery Tasting Room (in Santa Barbara). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate the long history of La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Solvang trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monterey to Solvang in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in April: highs in Solvang hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 44°F.
Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
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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.