10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Rome
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Rome

2
days
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.
On the 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, steep yourself in history at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rome in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

3
days
Monterey

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Elephant Seal Rookery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer State Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, contemplate the long history of Stevenson House, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey vacation builder.

Fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Monterey to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Elephant Seal Rookery
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco custom trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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