10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

Buenos Aires
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Buenos Aires

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and make a trip to Cannery Row.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Carmel is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Carmel, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in February, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Head. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Point Reyes Seashore National Park. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Tomales Bay State Park in Inverness, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. February in San Francisco sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Reyes Seashore National Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Head
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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