14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Laguna Niguel
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
End: Laguna Niguel

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Santa Barbara

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.
Old Mission Santa Barbara has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planner .

Laguna Niguel to Santa Barbara is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Laguna Niguel in January, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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.
Jade Cove has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Santa Barbara in January, with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Jade Cove ©
Jade Cove

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've added Ragged Point, McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur travel app .

Drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in January since evenings lows in Big Sur dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Rocky Creek Bridge ©
Rocky Creek Bridge

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning site .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Big Sur. In January, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive and Monterey Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Cambria (Moonstone Cellars, Bluff Trail, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and make a trip to Carmel Beach Boardwalk.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey online travel route planner .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In January, daytime highs in Monterey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Carmel
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Taylor Family Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, then do a tasting at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Napa, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Your list of things to see and do now includes Cambria Historical Museum, Moonstone Beach, Point San Luis Lighthouse, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, examine the collection at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and take a leisurely stroll along Cayucos Pier.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Cambria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Cambria can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cayucos Pier, Point San Luis Lighthouse
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

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