10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
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Oxnard
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bixby Bridge, Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, Big Sur Adventures, and other attractions. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove), Monterey (17-Mile Drive & Monterey Bay Aquarium) and Carmel (Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock & Point Lobos). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz day trip planner.

Stanford to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In August, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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17-Mile Drive ©
Must see
17-Mile Drive
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Point Lobos ©
Must see
Point Lobos
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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. You've added Point San Luis Lighthouse, Highway 1 Discovery Route, Central Coast Brewing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Frog Pond Wetland Preserve, sample the tasty concoctions at Central Coast Brewing, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, and then take a memorable drive along Highway 1 Discovery Route.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oxnard.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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Hearst Castle ©
Castle
Hearst Castle
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Oxnard

Your day by day itinerary now includes Zuma Beach as well as California Welcome Center. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get all the information you need at California Welcome Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally stroll around Serra Cross Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Channel Islands Harbor.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oxnard holiday planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Oxnard in 2.5 hours. While traveling from San Luis Obispo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Oxnard, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Oxnard

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

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Stearns Wharf ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Stearns Wharf
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California Welcome Center ©
Visitor Center
California Welcome Center
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San Simeon

When you arriveĀ 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.
You've now added Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get great views at Ragged Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Oxnard to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Oxnard in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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