11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip site .

Atlanta to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in June: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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 15th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Linn's Original Farmstore, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, with highs in San Simeon at 93°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Bodie State Historic Park. Get outdoors at Bridalveil Fall and El Capitan. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake Vista Point, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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