14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Paicines
— 1 day
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Shasta Lake
— 8 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park, stop by Sebastian General Store, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

Lake Forest to San Simeon is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Lake Forest, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Sebastian General Store
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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): trek along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Ewoldsen Trail, then cruise along Old Coast Road, and then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur day trip app.

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Big Sur hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paicines.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Must see
Partington Cove
4.9

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Paicines

Paicines ©
The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pinnacles National Park. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pinnacles National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paicines trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Paicines takes 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paicines: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shasta Lake.

Things to do in Paicines

Nature · Parks
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National Park
Pinnacles National Park
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Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake ©
The City of Shasta Lake is a city in Shasta County, California, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Manzanita Lake and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Take a break from the city and head to Shasta Lake and Bumpass Hell. Explore Shasta Lake's surroundings by going to Lassen Volcanic National Park (Hiking Devastated Area Interpretive Trail & Lassen Peak ), Old Station (Subway Cave & Hat Creek Rim Overlook) and Caribou Wilderness (in Lassen National Forest). The adventure continues: see human ingenuity at work at Shasta Dam, take in the exciting artwork at Large Junk Art Sculptures, explore the activities along Lake Shasta, and see the interesting displays at Fort Crook Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shasta Lake trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paicines to Shasta Lake takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Paicines in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Shasta Lake: highs are around 101°F and lows about 68°F. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Shasta Lake

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Must see
Manzanita Lake
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Must see
Shasta Lake
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