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 15​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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 get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip app .

San Jose to Monterey is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip planner .

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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.
Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel route planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit cooler 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
Moreton Bay Fig Tree ©
Moreton Bay Fig Tree
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Avila Main Beach. Step out of Paso Robles with an excursion to Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Studios on the Park and do a tasting at J Dusi Winery.

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Getting from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in October: highs in Paso Robles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Tours Parks 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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