11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fly:  18​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, catch a ride on Cable Cars, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary builder site .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Port of Spain to San Francisco. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port of Spain in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Del Mar Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
On the 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then explore the activities along Badwater.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park driving holiday site .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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