5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Fly
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
2
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Chicago Midway

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 21st (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then cruise along China Rock, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip builder.

Chicago to Monterey is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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1
night
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). On the 23rd (Fri), stroll through Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in October since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 52°F. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.