13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Solvang
— 6 nights

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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 25th (Thu), stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Simeon. In March, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to 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.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in March: highs in Big Sur hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
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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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at 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.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. March in Monterey sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Solvang.
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Lompoc Wine Ghetto (in Lompoc) and Sevtap Winery Tasting Room (in Santa Barbara). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, stroll around Sunny Fields Park, admire the architecture and history at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Solvang trip maker website.

You can drive from Monterey to Solvang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Solvang, with highs around 71°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F.
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Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
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