8 days in Carmel & Cambria Itinerary

8 days in Carmel & Cambria Itinerary

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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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel visit planner.

Cambria to Carmel is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in July, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay


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). Venture out of the city with trips to Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cambria vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Simeon, Alapay Cellars, Jack Creek Celllars, Morro Rock
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve