6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  29​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  22​h
End: Cairo

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day
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Yosemite National Park is minus 10 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cairo in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In December, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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