10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Calistoga route planner.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to Calistoga is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta Cana to Calistoga is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Punta Cana in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Calistoga, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wildlife · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Calistoga in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

California travel guide

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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.