11 days in California's Wine Coast Country & Redwood National Park Itinerary

11 days in California's Wine Coast Country & Redwood National Park Itinerary

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11 days in California's Wine Coast Country & Redwood National Park Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Avila Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Avila Beach

Avila Beach ©
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. On the 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Point San Luis Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then trek along Point Buchon Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Avila Beach day trip site .

Columbus to Avila Beach is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Columbus to Avila Beach, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Columbus in December: highs in Avila Beach hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Los Osos, Cayucos
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Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Speed Boats Tours
Estero Bluffs State Park ©
Estero Bluffs State Park

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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.
Get outdoors at Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, and step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to San Simeon takes an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in December, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Take a break from the city and head to Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Explore Redwood National Park's surroundings by going to Klamath (Trees of Mystery & Yurok Country Visitor Center), Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta) and High Water Mark (in Weott). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from San Simeon to Redwood National Park with the Route module. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Weott, Klamath, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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