10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Newark
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Newark

1
day
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 12th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel vacation trip planner.

Newark to Carmel is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Newark to Carmel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Visiting Bodie State Historic Park and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect colder with lows of 29°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay

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