6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Reno
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Reno

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

Reno to Monterey is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or fly. Traveling from Reno in September, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
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). On the 25th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cambria trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes online visit planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Mammoth Lakes in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cambria in September; daily highs in Mammoth Lakes reach 74°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park, Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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