10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.
To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Rodeo Drive. Take a break from the city and head to Manhattan Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes), The Getty Villa (in Malibu) and Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 16th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.