6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Toronto

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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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (9°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online road trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Carmel hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bixby Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Simeon online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in December, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ragged Point
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from San Simeon in December, plan for little chillier days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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