8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chula Vista
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
End: Chula Vista

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. Head to Wabi Sabi Japan Living and Fountain of Lifefor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Indian Canyons Hiking Trails and Araby Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center) and Lake Fulmor (in Idyllwild). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ruddy's General Store Museum, stroll through Palm Springs Museum Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District, and identify plant and animal life at Whitewater Wilderness Preserve.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs itinerary planning app .

Chula Vista to Palm Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In January, daily temperatures in Palm Springs can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cathedral City, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Whitewater Wilderness Preserve, Lake Fulmor, Disneyland Park
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Indian Canyons Hiking Trails ©
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
Ruddy's General Store Museum ©
Ruddy's General Store Museum
Lake Fulmor ©
Lake Fulmor

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 12th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then stroll through Partington Cove, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur online travel route planner .

You can fly from Palm Springs to Big Sur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

China Cove and Gibson Beach
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Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Linn's Original Farmstore, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in January, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Greenspace Creekside Reserve ©
Greenspace Creekside Reserve

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip site .

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. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
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Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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