10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Richmond

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Casa de Estudillo, then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and finally shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego online travel planner .

Richmond to San Diego is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in San Diego are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica road trip site .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, The Getty Villa
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

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Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Yosemite Village, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 38°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Thu), take a stroll through Union Square. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally make a trip to The Embarcadero.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco route builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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