10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve as well as Fort Funston National Park. You'll explore and learn at The Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in San Francisco at 65°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Let the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Angeles (Griffith Observatory & Hollywood & Highland). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery, and stop by Bergamot Station.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica tour planner.

Do a combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in November, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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