10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Orlando

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner .

Orlando to Palm Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Palm Springs is minus 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

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 24th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and then see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon travel route builder website .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get slightly colder in San Simeon: highs are around 63°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
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 29th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planner .

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 59°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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