4 days in California Itinerary

4 days in California Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
Drive
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San Simeon
Drive

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San Jose — 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden, then take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House, and then make a trip to Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose travel planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Jose. September in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 19th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey travel app.

Getting from San Jose to Monterey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Jose, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.
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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. To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel holiday builder app.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will leave for San Simeon on the 20th (Tue).
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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.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive back home.
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Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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