8 days in California & Blue River Itinerary

8 days in California & Blue River Itinerary

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8 days in California & Blue River Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Blue River
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Palm Canyon Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs online tour planner .

Los Angeles to Palm Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Whitewater Wilderness Preserve, Whitewater Preserve
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Whitewater Preserve ©
Whitewater Preserve
Las Palmas ©
Las Palmas

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Palm Springs to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in March: highs in Big Sur hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Simeon travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park 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. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then hike along Four Mile Trail, and finally stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 23°F, while days are slightly colder, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Blue River.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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Blue River

Blue River ©
Blue River is an unincorporated community in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cougar Hot Springs as well as Dee Wright Observatory. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Dee Wright Observatory, then hike along Tamolitch Pool Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at McKenzie River Trail, and finally take in the natural beauty of Cougar Hot Springs.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Blue River online attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Blue River by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Blue River when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, with lows around 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Blue River

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tamolitch Pool Trail, Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Trail
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McKenzie River Trail ©
McKenzie River Trail
Dee Wright Observatory ©
Dee Wright Observatory
Cougar Hot Springs ©
Cougar Hot Springs

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