10 days in California Itinerary

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Long Beach
— 1 night
— 1 day
Ferry to Long Beach, Tram to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Los Gatos
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Long Beach — 1 night

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach trip maker site.

Phoenix to Long Beach is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Phoenix in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Long Beach: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 67°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Avalon.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Avalon — 1 day

Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Avalon online holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Long Beach to Avalon in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Long Beach in July, with highs in Avalon at 77°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.
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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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and tram from Avalon to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Avalon in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Monterey by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, Monterey is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Conservatory of Flowers to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden and then take in nature's colorful creations at Conservatory of Flowers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip site.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Gatos.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip

Los Gatos — 2 nights

Los Gatos is an incorporated U.S. town in Santa Clara County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park as well as Roaring Camp Railroads.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Gatos trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Los Gatos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Los Gatos hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 59°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Solvang.
Nature · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Solvang — 1 night

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Solvang attractions planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Los Gatos to Solvang. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Gatos in July: highs in Solvang hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

California travel guide

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.

Catalina Island travel guide

Nightlife · Casinos · Monuments