10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  22​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Budapest

1
day
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 26th (Fri): get great views at Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

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Budapest, Hungary to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Budapest in April since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Ocean Avenue and Coast Gallery Big Surfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

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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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Cambria journey builder website .

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, shop like a local with Heather James Fine Art, then get a taste of the local shopping with CODA Gallery, and finally shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Indian Canyons, take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, and finally look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs day trip website .

You can drive from Cambria to Palm Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cambria in May, expect Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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