8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  8​h
1
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles


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3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): do a tasting at Fontanella Family Winery, learn about winemaking at Caldwell Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Porter Family Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Palmaz Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Vine Cliff Winery, do a tasting at Regusci Winery, learn about winemaking at Robert Biale Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Laird Family Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Trinitas Cellars.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Napa itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Napa is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Napa at 79°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries
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Fontanella Family Winery ©
Fontanella Family Winery
Regusci Winery ©
Regusci Winery
Palmaz Vineyards ©
Palmaz Vineyards

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, then contemplate the long history of Tor House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmelite Monastery, and finally kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Carmel Valley Ranch, then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel, and finally learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Napa to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Carmel Valley Ranch ©
Carmel Valley Ranch
Sunset Cultural Center ©
Sunset Cultural Center
Caraccioli Cellars ©
Caraccioli Cellars

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sand Dollar Beach and Harmony Cellars. Get a sense of the local culture at Hearst Ranch Winery and Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Simeon: Big Sur (New Camaldoli Hermitage & Pacific Valley Bluff Trail). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), make a trip to San Simeon Pier, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur, Harmony Cellars, Sand Dollar Beach
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Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach
Harmony Cellars ©
Harmony Cellars
Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards ©
Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards

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