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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
Newark

2
days
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip generator.

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. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Carmel due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Friends of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in San Simeon are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to V. Sattui in St. Helena (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, wander the streets of SoMa (South of Market Street), and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, V. Sattui
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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