10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Let the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Houston in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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 22nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel online travel route builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. On your second day here, stroll through Panorama Trail and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

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. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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