10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Sun), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally take a stroll through Union Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary maker site .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg route planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery

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 22nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Cambria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

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. Get outdoors at Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

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. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
On the 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then don't miss a visit to Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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