8 days in Soledad, San Simeon & Carmel Itinerary

8 days in Soledad, San Simeon & Carmel Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Soledad
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Soledad

— 3 nights
Soledad is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pinnacles National Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, then do a tasting at Hahn Estate Winery, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Bay Recreation Trail.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Soledad vacation planner.

Sacramento to Soledad is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In November, daytime highs in Soledad are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Soledad

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arriveĀ 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, and finally hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Keep things going the next day: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

Start your trip to San Simeon by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Soledad to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Soledad in November since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Carmel is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and admire the landmark architecture of Tor House.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips