10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planner .

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 75°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Grove ©
The Grove

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cambria when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 34°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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