8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Oxnard
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Buellton
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Oxnard

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Buellton

Buellton
Buellton is a small city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Buellton attractions planner.

Oxnard to Buellton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Oxnard, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Buellton, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Buellton

Outdoors Wineries Tours

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer State Beach, Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls. On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from Buellton to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Buellton in July, plan for little chillier days in Big Sur, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then kick back and relax at Breakwater.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey road trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Get some cultural insight at Fourth Ward School Museum and Renwood Winery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burnt Cedar Beach and Lakeside Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Trail & Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park), The Way It Was Museum (in Virginia City) and Plymouth (Vino Noceto Winery, Jeff Runquist Wines, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plymouth, Incline Village, Virginia City, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Renwood Winery ©
Renwood Winery

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