10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and stroll through Marshall’s Beach.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning site .

Cincinnati to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cincinnati to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Simeon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are a bit cooler (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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 2nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

4
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 in touch with nature at Taft Point and Tioga Pass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect much colder with lows of 28°F in Yosemite National Park. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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