6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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Palm Desert
— 1 day
Drive
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Camarillo
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Palm Desert

— 1 day
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Desert trip planner.

New York City to Palm Desert is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Palm Desert is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Palm Desert to be a bit warmer, around 66°F, while days are much warmer, around 93°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Camarillo.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Camarillo

— 1 night
Camarillo is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get your bearings at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then browse the range of quality goods at The Woolworth Building, and then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Camarillo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Palm Desert to Camarillo by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Palm Desert in May, plan for much colder days in Camarillo, with highs around 73°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Camarillo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 13th (Thu): shop like a local with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Camarillo to San Simeon takes 3 hours. While traveling from Camarillo, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip builder site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.