10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

3
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: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in San Francisco at 76°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and admire all the interesting features of Half Dome.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes online journey planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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 22nd (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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