9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly:  8​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h
End: Tulsa

2
nights
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 7th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website .

Tulsa to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tulsa to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Tulsa in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are colder with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
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. Step out of the city life by going to Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and Monterey Bay. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 11th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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