8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Bus:  11​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find ratings and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary builder tool .

Edmonton, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Edmonton in October, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Simeon, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Cable Car Museum and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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