10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square. On your second day here, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then get curious at Exploratorium, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary maker .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, trek along Point Lobos, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Photography West Gallery, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cambria trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Cambria

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, and finally get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Brandini Toffee, then get a taste of the local shopping with CODA Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Heather James Fine Art, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Palm Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cambria in April, with highs in Palm Springs at 37°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

1
day
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.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in April; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 17°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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