14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17​h
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Mariposa Grove and Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get your game on at Mammoth Adventure Center, and explore the activities along Wild Willy's Hot Springs.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes online driving holiday planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Amsterdam in May, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Artists Dr and Badwater Basin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dante's View and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
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Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

2
nights
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). Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Rocky Creek Cellars, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cambria trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Cambria. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Rocky Creek Cellars, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and McWay Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carmel route maker app .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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