10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Houston

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal CityWalk, Zuma Beach and Manhattan Beach. On the 20th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Zuma Beach, and then browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel planner.

Houston to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Houston in July, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 82°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and McWay Falls. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Partington Cove in Big Sur, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos State Reserve, stop by The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey custom trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Monterey reach 69°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
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.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and The Exploratorium. Museum-lovers will appreciate California Academy of Sciences and Musee Mecanique. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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