10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  12​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Toronto, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in November, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up 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
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
night
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): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, 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 next day, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, stop by Motif, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District.

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Drive from San Simeon to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fountain of Life, El Paseo Shopping District
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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