10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation builder

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Make it your trip
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the next day, cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Death Valley National Park. While traveling from Toronto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 27th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For photos and more tourist information, read Carmel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in November, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Motif, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with El Paseo Shopping District.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Palm Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in November, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.