10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip website .

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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 5th (Fri): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica visit site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Santa Monica hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

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Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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