10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip planning website .

Boston to Trinidad is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in December: high temperatures in Trinidad hover around 55°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery

1
night
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 11th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Trinidad to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Trinidad in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 14°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
day
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 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cambria route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Cambria in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Cambria at 63°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jack Creek Celllars, Elephant Seal Rookery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Jack Creek Celllars ©
Jack Creek Celllars
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist

3
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. Visit Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Carmel Art Association and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery, and shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Mon), take a stroll through Union Square, stop by Sur La Table, then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square

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