7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Palm Desert
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
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. On the 17th (Sun), view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery and then shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Palm Desert road trip app .

Dallas to Palm Desert is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Palm Desert due to the time zone difference. In March, Palm Desert is somewhat warmer than Dallas - with highs of 84°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District
CODA Gallery ©
CODA Gallery

1
night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for gifts at Solvang Antiques, take a stroll around Visitor Center, get a new perspective on nature at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Solvang itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Palm Desert to Solvang takes 4.5 hours. In March, Solvang is slightly colder than Palm Desert - with highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Carhartt Vineyard
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Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

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nights
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 19th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cambria day trip planning site .

You can drive from Solvang to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Fiona Bleu Gallery
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artifacts gallery ©
artifacts gallery
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works
Fiona Bleu Gallery ©
Fiona Bleu Gallery

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nights
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. Shop till you drop at The Cheese Shop and Cannery Row Antique Mall. Visiting Monterey Bay and Point Lobos will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip app .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in March, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 47°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
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Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association
Cannery Row Antique Mall ©
Cannery Row Antique Mall

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