8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Trinidad
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Orlando

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park tour planner.

Orlando to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Orlando in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park

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Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Big Lagoon County Park, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, and then explore the striking landscape at Camel Rock.

Before you visit Trinidad, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Trinidad. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Trinidad at 63°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Trinidad

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan

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