10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carnelian Bay
— 1 night
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Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and then get great views at Aguereberry Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): cruise along Artists Dr, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then Head underground at Titus Canyon, and finally get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey maker site.

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in November; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, and explore the activities along Merced River.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip app.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carnelian Bay.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Carnelian Bay

— 1 night
Carnelian Bay is an unincorporated community on the shore of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see what you can catch with Reel-Lentless Fishing Charters and then make a trip to Concours d'Elegance Lake Tahoe.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carnelian Bay road trip tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carnelian Bay in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Carnelian Bay

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Redwood National Park

— 1 night
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Carnelian Bay to Redwood National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carnelian Bay in November: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder site.

Fly from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Redwood National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Tunnel Log, then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Francisco in November, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.

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.