10 days in San Jose, Monterey & San Simeon Itinerary

10 days in San Jose, Monterey & San Simeon Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Winchester Mystery House and Miramar Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Pacifica State Beach. Step out of San Jose to go to Half Moon Bay and see Mavericks, which is approximately 1h 5 min away.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Jose. September in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Museum of Monterey as well as Colton Hall Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmel Mission and Monterey Museum of Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Lovers Point. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at McAbee Beach, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monterey attractions tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monterey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary) and Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Blancas and Limekiln State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Big Sur (New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Creek Bridge, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Simeon tour builder app.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips