5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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Palm Springs
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
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Sacramento
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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Coachella Valley Preserve, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and then shop like a local with Motif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Indian Canyons and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip itinerary tool.

Tucson to Palm Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tucson to Palm Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tucson in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Coachella Valley Preserve ©
Coachella Valley Preserve
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

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San Simeon

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Palm Springs in December: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 63°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. On the 21st (Mon), view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sacramento online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Carmel to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in December, expect little chillier with lows of 38°F in Sacramento. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

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