5 days in San Simeon, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

5 days in San Simeon, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

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5 days in San Simeon, Monterey & San Luis Obispo Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip maker tool .

San Diego to San Simeon is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fisherman's Beach, then take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Luis Obispo tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Morro Rock
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Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Bubblegum Alley ©
Bubblegum Alley