7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Los Olivos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: San Diego

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions planner.

San Diego to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard ©
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

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night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, learn about winemaking at Rideau Vineyard, do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, then do a tasting at Toccata Tasting Room, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethania Lutheran Church.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Solvang trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Solvang are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Olivos.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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night
Los Olivos

Los Olivos ©
Los Olivos is a census-designated place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Koehler Winery, stop by Los Olivos General Store, learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, then do a tasting at Barbieri Wines, then pause for some serene contemplation at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, and finally do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Olivos tour planner.

Los Olivos is just a short distance from Solvang. November in Los Olivos sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Los Olivos

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Koehler Winery ©
Koehler Winery

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night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, identify plant and animal life at Morro Bay National Estuary, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Natural History, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay holiday tool .

Drive from Los Olivos to Morro Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Los Olivos in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 48°F in Morro Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Morro Bay National Estuary ©
Morro Bay National Estuary
Museum of Natural History ©
Museum of Natural History

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

Plan my day in San Simeon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Morro Bay in November since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage, and finally snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur day trip planning website .

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room ©

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