10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

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. Take a break from the city and head to Lovers Point and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Partington Cove and Breakwater. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary tool .

Newark to Carmel is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Carmel is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Breakwater
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
On the 19th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the 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. Traveling from Carmel in March, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are a bit cooler (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mosaic Canyon and The Devil's Speedway. Get outdoors at Fall Canyon and Badwater Basin. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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