10 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You've now added Black's Beach to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and finally kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker app.

Durham to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Durham in October, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Disneyland Park, We Love LA Tour, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then go all around town with We Love LA Tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip site.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Tours · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 1 day

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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 13th (Wed): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Santa Monica hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Valley View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Monica in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Thornton Beach State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park, and finally stroll through Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle online holiday planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 63°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.