8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Simeon
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Morro Rock and Piedras Blancas. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Change things up with a short trip to AronHill Vineyards in Templeton (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, shop like a local with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and stop by Sebastian General Store.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon sightseeing planner.

New York City to San Simeon is an approximately 14.5-hour 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. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Carmel

— 3 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Cheese Shop and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 52°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.