5 days in California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

5 days in California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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5 days in California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

Fly:  23​h 30​min
Arroyo Grande
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arroyo Grande trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Arroyo Grande is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Arroyo Grande to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Arroyo Grande

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arroyo Grande to San Simeon takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Arroyo Grande in August, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls