6 days in California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

6 days in California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arroyo Grande
— 3 nights
Drive to San Luis County Regional Airport, Fly to Newark

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San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stepladder Ranch & Creamery and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sebastian General Store and Leffingwell Landing. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Newark to San Simeon is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Simeon. Traveling from Newark in October, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arroyo Grande.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

Arroyo Grande — 3 nights

Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pismo State Beach, then learn about winemaking at Talley Vineyards, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at BoltAbout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach, and then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arroyo Grande trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Arroyo Grande in 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arroyo Grande, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Side Trips