8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
+3
foot + Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + foot:  7​h
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Cincinnati to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Cincinnati in January, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 58°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cambria road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
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 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach.

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

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Del Monte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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