12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Vienna

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, learn about winemaking at Rotta Winery, do a tasting at AronHill Vineyards, then appreciate the history behind Anchor Memorial Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Epoch Estate Wines, then do a tasting at Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cambria attractions site .

Vienna, Austria to Cambria is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Cambria, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vienna in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Cambria

Wineries Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Templeton, Anchor Memorial Park
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Rotta Winery ©
Rotta Winery
Red Moose Cookie Company ©
Red Moose Cookie Company
Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards ©
Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards

2
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.
On the 29th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, stop by Sebastian General Store, then get great views at Ragged Point, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon driving holiday website .

San Simeon is just a short distance from Cambria. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
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William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Explore hidden gems such as Brandini Toffee and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like McCallum Adobe and Las Palmas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Temecula (Wiens Family Cellars - Winery, Vindemia Estate Winery, & more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum, explore the fascinating landscape at Palm Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Palm Springs Historical Society.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Simeon to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 39°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Temecula, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Las Palmas ©
Las Palmas
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery ©
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Moonlight State Beach, then stop by Handcrafted, and then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, browse the different shops at Fashion Valley Shopping Center, then pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market, and finally get some jogging in at Mission Beach Boardwalk.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Handcrafted, Moonlight State Beach
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Fashion Valley ©
Fashion Valley

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