10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf as well as Lombard Street. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary maker site.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In June, San Francisco is colder than Houston - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Garrapata State Park, Joullian Vineyards & Winery and Taste Morgan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, do a tasting at Taste Morgan, then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Carmel Beach Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Point Sur State Historic Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Big Sur travel route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Cambria

— 2 nights
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). Your day by day itinerary now includes Hearst Ranch Winery, Moonstone Beach, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then do a tasting at Stolo Vineyards & Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Big Sur, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Cambria to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for much colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Petersen Automotive Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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.