10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie State Historic Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes holiday planner .

Cleveland to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cleveland to Mammoth Lakes. Traveling from Cleveland in June, Mammoth Lakes is colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 19th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planning site .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you will find days in Santa Barbara are much colder (72°F), and nights are little chillier (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
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 (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Simeon using our trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. On the next day, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Monterey are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday website .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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