8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 98°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. Step off the beaten path and head to Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and hike along Cooks Meadow Loop.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at McAbee Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monterey journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 70°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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