17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Fly

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Artists Palette and Devil's Golf Course. Your inner history buff will appreciate Harmony Borax Works and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Badwater Basin ©
Water Body
Badwater Basin
4.7
Dante's View ©
Lookout
Dante's View
4.9
Artists Dr
Scenic Drive
Artists Dr
4.6

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining), Yosemite National Park (Yosemite, Tunnel View, Glacier Point, &more) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, explore the activities along Wild Willy's Hot Springs, head outdoors with ASO Mammoth, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online holiday maker.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Mammoth Lakes at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Glacier Point ©
Geologic Formation
Glacier Point
4.9
Tioga Pass ©
Scenic Drive
Tioga Pass
4.9
Vernal Fall ©
Waterfall
Vernal Fall
4.8

3
nights
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 get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Asilomar State Beach and McWay Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Coast Gallery Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, shop like a local with Wyland Gallery Carmel, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip website.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Carmel in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December: highs in Carmel hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Carmel in December, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

4
nights
Palm Springs

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Indian Canyons and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Old Town Temecula (in Temecula), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip itinerary website.

Getting from San Simeon to Palm Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 25°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Old Town Temecula ©
Neighborhood
Old Town Temecula
4.2
Indian Canyons ©
Must see
Indian Canyons
4.6

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