10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego route app .

Vancouver, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Tuolumne Meadows and then trek along Lembert Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 18th (Sun): stroll through Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the galleries of USS Pampanito, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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