10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Bernardino
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Bernardino

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Do your shopping at Santa Monica Farmers Market and The Grove. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Hollywood & Highland, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

San Bernardino to Los Angeles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Bernardino in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at California Academy of Sciences, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by The Cheese Shop and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 78°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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