9 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 1 night

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. On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel travel website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Valley View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Carmel to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, cruise along Artist's Drive, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Slot Canyon (in Borrego Springs) and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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