9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + bus:  20​h 30​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sydney

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to Moss Landing State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Partington Cove and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer State Beach, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Point Lobos State Reserve, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Carmel is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Carmel is minus 18 hours. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Moss Landing State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Moss Landing State Beach ©
Moss Landing State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Family-friendly places like William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery (in Paso Robles), AronHill Vineyards (in Templeton) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay).

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery, AronHill Vineyards, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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