13 days in Death Valley National Park, San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

13 days in Death Valley National Park, San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

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13 days in Death Valley National Park, San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + bus:  25​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Athens

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack and then don't miss a visit to Tea Kettle Junction.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park custom trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Athens in December, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip generator.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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