8 days in Carmel & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in Carmel & Los Angeles Itinerary

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8 days in Carmel & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: New Orleans

3
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to McWay Falls and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Pfeiffer State Beach about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel vacation trip planner.

New Orleans to Carmel is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans to Carmel, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Orleans in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For shopping fun, head to Camarillo Premium Outlets or Amoeba Music. Appreciate the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 82°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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