10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
Newark

2
days
San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego custom trip planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 77°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park

2
days
Santa Monica

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. On the next day, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hermosa Beach Pier.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach

1
day
Monterey

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Monica in October; daily highs in Monterey reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Baker Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, make a trip to The Embarcadero, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach

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