5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Bus:  13​h
1
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

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night
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 30th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online travel route planner .

Atlanta to San Simeon is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to San Simeon due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Greenspace Creekside Reserve ©
Greenspace Creekside Reserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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 1st (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are a bit warmer (47°F). You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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