10 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

10 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

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10 days in Arizona & California Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Sedona
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
End: New York City


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4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Helicopter Tours and Airport Mesa. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip builder .

New York City to Sedona is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Painted Desert
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

2
nights
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 27th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel vacation website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Carmel in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November in Carmel, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip planning app .

You can fly from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 19°F. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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