9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

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Honolulu to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in October, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 66°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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 20th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

1
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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). Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria online vacation builder.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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 22nd (Thu): stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cambria in October: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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