8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs

— 2 nights
You've now added Disneyland Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Indian Canyons Hiking Trails and Araby Trail. Attractions like Ruddy's General Store Museum and Wabi Sabi Japan Living make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Lake Fulmor (in Idyllwild) and Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center).

Plan my day in Palm Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chula Vista to Palm Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 12th (Sun), cruise along Old Coast Road, then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then stroll through Partington Cove, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Big Sur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stop by Linn's Original Farmstore, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park sightseeing planning website.

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf · Trails

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.