10 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

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10 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and SoMa. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: stop by The Cheese Shop, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then stop by Sebastian General Store, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally stop by Lucia Apothecary.

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You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, Cambria is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally stop by Elliott Bay Book Company. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Pioneer Square and then learn the secrets of production at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cambria to Seattle takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cambria in November, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
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The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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