Hi, we'll be visiting Monterey in mid-October. Whilst we're there we were thinking of visiting Hearst Castle for the day but wondered whether this would be realistic as we'd like to explore Carmel and Big Sur on the way. According to Google maps it will take over 3 hours to drive without stops.
I was thinking we could book a tour later in the afternoon but then we risk having to drive back in the dark.
As we're first-time drivers in the States we're a bit concerned about how tricky it would be to get back to Monterey without any accidents.
Taking all this into account, would we be better just taking a whole day exploring Big Sur instead and leaving Hearst Castle for another trip?