14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Step out of the city life by going to Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Carmel is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in Carmel at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
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 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and finally learn about winemaking at Rocky Creek Cellars.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cambria travel planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in December, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Golden Canyon and Devil's Golf Course. Step out of the city life by going to Artists Palette and Funeral Mountains. Change things up with a short trip to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: cruise along Artists Dr, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in January: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Vernal Fall and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Step off the beaten path and head to El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Bridgeport (Bodie State Historic Park & Bridgeport Reservoir). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and stroll through Shadow of the Giants Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.