10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Guerneville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour and then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guerneville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Johnson's Beach.

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

You can drive from San Francisco to Guerneville in 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guerneville: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa trip planning site .

Getting from Guerneville to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Guerneville in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Balloon Rides

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then hike along Point Lobos.

Make your Carmel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Napa to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Napa in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then walk around La Jolla Cove.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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