6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
End: Phoenix

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara attractions planner.

Phoenix to Santa Barbara is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in November; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 72°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon holiday maker website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
artifacts gallery ©
artifacts gallery

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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 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip app .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are a bit warmer (47°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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night
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 25th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in November, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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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 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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