5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner
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Make it your trip
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Carmel — 2 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 Asilomar State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambria.
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Cambria — 1 night

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). On the 4th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, shop like a local with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria journey 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 March, expect nights in Cambria to be slightly colder, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artist's Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

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

Getting from Cambria to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus; or take a bus. In March in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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