14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Laguna Niguel
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Laguna Niguel

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Old Mission Santa Barbara has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel tool.

Laguna Niguel to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. Traveling from Laguna Niguel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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.
Jade Cove has been added to your itinerary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Simeon using our trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Ragged Point Overlook ©
Ragged Point Overlook
Jade Cove ©
Jade Cove

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nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ragged Point, McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then get great views at Ragged Point.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in January, Big Sur is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Rocky Creek Bridge ©
Rocky Creek Bridge

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive and Monterey Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Cambria (Moonstone Cellars, Bluff Trail, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

Plan a Monterey trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. January in Monterey sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cambria, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Taylor Family Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Carneros.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Napa planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Napa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Monterey in January since evenings lows in Napa dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery

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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). Your list of things to see and do now includes Cambria Historical Museum, Moonstone Beach, Point San Luis Lighthouse, and other attractions. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and take a leisurely stroll along Cayucos Pier.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria route planner.

Getting from Napa to Cambria by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Cambria can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cayucos Pier, Point San Luis Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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