8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + bus:  14​h
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
New York City

3
days
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach Dr and Piedras Blancas. Relax by the water at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Moonstone Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to AronHill Vineyards (in Templeton) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary builder.

New York City to San Simeon is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Simeon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, AronHill Vineyards, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. We've included these beaches for you: Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Cheese Shop and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Accommodations
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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