6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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New York City to San Simeon is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in San Simeon at 58°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
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. Get some cultural insight at Coast Gallery Big Sur and Cannery Row. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Cheese Shop and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

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Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Carmel, with lows of 43°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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