9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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9 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
+4
bus + foot + Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planner .

Houston to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

1
night
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 11th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Seaside Gardens, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

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Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In March in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Seaside Gardens
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Seaside Gardens ©
Seaside Gardens
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in March since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

1
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning site .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

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

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 15th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are cooler (23°F). On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

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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