10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park holiday planning site .

Fort Lauderdale to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel route builder app .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour builder tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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