13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, and finally hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Simeon. May in San Simeon sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
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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 11th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip planning app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Solvang.
Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Side Trips
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Solvang — 6 nights

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. 246 Wine & Brew Tours and Sanford Winery & Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Solvang: Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines & Melville Winery). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and steep yourself in history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Solvang trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Monterey to Solvang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Solvang: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 48°F at night.
Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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.