10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Tampa, Florida

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Bodega to see Bodega Dunes about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, wander the streets of North Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker app .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampa in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 7th (Sat), stroll through Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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. Get outdoors at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and McWay Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker website .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 11th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the views from Pohono Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 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 September, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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