13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Durham to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Death Valley National Park is minus 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Badger Pass Ski Area and Vernal Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Merced River, and get great views at Washburn Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Moro Rock Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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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 3rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cambria trip maker.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria by combination of bus and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning website.

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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