10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Monrovia
Drive + Fly:  31​h
1
San Diego
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: Monrovia

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day
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online attractions planner .

Monrovia, Liberia to San Diego is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Monrovia in June; daily highs in San Diego reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then examine the collection at The Grammy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, step aboard USS Pampanito, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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