8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Atlanta

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Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and McWay Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online driving holiday planner.

Atlanta to Carmel is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Carmel is minus 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 3 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Tobin James Cellars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Moonstone Beach (in Cambria) and San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop & Hearst Castle).

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip builder site.

Getting from Carmel to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in February, Paso Robles is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 7th (Mon): get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Getting from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 37°F. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

4.1
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.