10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
End: San Diego

1
night
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): admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden and then get curious at Exploratorium.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning site .

San Diego to San Francisco is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kids will enjoy Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, hit the slopes at Mammoth Mountain, get great views at Washburn Point, and trek along Earthquake Fault.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes route tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Los Angeles is warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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