10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park planner .

Tampa to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Tampa in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are much colder (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manzanar National Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip planning app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
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 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, trek along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip builder site .

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Fort Bragg Coastal Trail ©
Fort Bragg Coastal Trail

2
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 18th (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fort Bragg to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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