10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kenwood
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and stop by SoMa.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in May, with highs in San Francisco at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kenwood.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Kenwood

— 1 night
Kenwood, California is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States, located on Sonoma Highway (State Route 12) between the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): do a tasting at Ledson Winery & Vineyard, do a tasting at B. Wise Vineyards, then do a tasting at VJB Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Kunde Family Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau St. Jean.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenwood trip website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Kenwood in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kenwood, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Kenwood

Wineries

St. Helena

— 1 night

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena road trip site.

You can drive from Kenwood to St. Helena in an hour. In May in St. Helena, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Reno (National Automobile Museum & Truckee River Walk). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, try your luck at Harveys Casino, and fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Make your South Lake Tahoe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from St. Helena in May; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 20°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Twin Lakes Trails, then take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Ski Areas · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.