9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  21​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  8​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
+5
Drive + Bus + Subway + Bus + Foot + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Geneva

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day
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and then take a stroll through State Street.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip builder .

Geneva, Switzerland to Santa Barbara is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Geneva in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
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Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon journey builder website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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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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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 10th (Tue): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Carmel are cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the activities along Badwater and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 45°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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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