10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning site .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Carmel Beach Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Tor House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning app .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Sunset Cultural Center ©
Sunset Cultural Center

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Napa Valley Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then do a tasting at Sequoia Grove Winery, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Napa trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Napa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Napa to be a bit cooler, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Gracianna Winery, Lynmar Estate Winery, V. Sattui Winery
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Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Balloon Rides
Wine Tours & Tastings

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