10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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 26th (Wed): wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and Golden Gate Bridge. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and take a stroll through SoMa.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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