13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  27​h
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:  5​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Bengaluru

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Coast Gallery Big Sur and Wyland Gallery Carmel. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Carousel Candies.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

Bengaluru, India to Carmel is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in November, expect nights in Carmel to be colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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 (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally stop by Linn's Original Farmstore. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip app .

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 November, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In November in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronado Beach and Old Town Temecula. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Seaport Village, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Diego by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in November, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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