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 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

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. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. On the 8th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
Visiting Panorama Trail and El Capitan will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planning app .

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. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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