8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lubbock
Fly:  6​h
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Chico
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Lubbock

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 9th (Sat): shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker app .

Lubbock to Carmel is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lubbock to Carmel. While traveling from Lubbock, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
nights
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). The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel and Hearst Castle will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at artifacts gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Fiona Bleu Gallery in Morro Bay (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria trip builder website .

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are little chillier (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chico.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Fiona Bleu Gallery
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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day
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Chico Museum, then examine the collection at Gold Nugget Museum, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Eighth & Main Antique Center.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chico tour app .

You can drive from Cambria to Chico in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Cambria in March, expect nights in Chico to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Chico

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Gold Nugget Museum
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Gold Nugget Museum ©
Gold Nugget Museum
Chico Museum ©
Chico Museum
Eighth & Main Antique Center ©
Eighth & Main Antique Center

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Heather James Fine Art, and then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chico to Palm Springs. Traveling from Chico in March, expect Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palm Desert
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Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

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