10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Oceanside
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Ana
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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Oceanside

— 2 nights
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, stroll around Hill Top Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens and then find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND California.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Oceanside travel site.

Chicago to Oceanside is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Oceanside. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in June: highs in Oceanside hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Ana.

Things to do in Oceanside

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Ana

— 1 night
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): walk around Heisler Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Ana trip maker.

Getting from Oceanside to Santa Ana by car takes about an hour. In June in Santa Ana, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Anaheim Packing District & Downtown Disney District). Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner.

You can drive from Santa Ana to Los Angeles in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

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.
Santa Monica is known for beaches, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, take in nature's colorful creations at Will Rogers Memorial Park, admire the striking features of Spadena House, and explore the galleries of Paley Center for Media.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary site.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · 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.