5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Los Angeles
Drive:  4​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Sebastian General Store and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation builder.

Los Angeles to San Simeon is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
days
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Partington Cove and McWay Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

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