9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Bus:  11 h 15 min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Foot:  12 h
End: New York City

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 19th (Tue), trek along Four Mile Trail, then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pothole Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, then hike along May Lake Trailhead, and finally don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online itinerary maker.

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 78- hour bus ride. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Landing State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, then make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by combination of bus and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moss Landing
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 23rd (Sat), get great views at Ragged Point, then don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in May, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

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Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in May, with lows around 55°F. On the 25th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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