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
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights

2
nights
San Jose

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

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Pacifica State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Miramar Beach ©
Miramar Beach
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 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 Breakwater. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at McAbee Beach.

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. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Marina State Beach
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
nights
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.
Hearst Castle and New Camaldoli Hermitage will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Piedras Blancas and Sand Dollar Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Simeon side-trips: Camp Roberts Historical Museum (in San Miguel) and Big Sur (Limekiln State Park, Big Creek Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, stop by Sebastian General Store, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Sand Dollar Beach, Camp Roberts Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

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