9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 28th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary planning website .

San Jose to Monterey is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in September: highs in Monterey hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

927 Beer Company, Sand Dollar Beach
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Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Lotusland and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and then kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara travel route tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ganna Walska Lotusland ©
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Moreton Bay Fig Tree ©
Moreton Bay Fig Tree

3
nights
Paso Robles

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Avila Main Beach. When in Paso Robles, make a side trip to see Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery and view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Tours Wineries Beaches

Side Trip

Avila Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
J Dusi Winery ©
J Dusi Winery

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