10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asilomar State Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Links. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Atlanta to Monterey is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in April; daily highs in Monterey reach 64°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Rosa.
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Santa Rosa — 2 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Highlands, enjoy the sand and surf at Goat Rock Beach, and then kick back and relax at Doran Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Sonoma County, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Make your Santa Rosa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Rosa in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with highs in Santa Rosa at 71°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Botanical Garden. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Coit Tower, and trek along Lands End.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online tour planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Santa Rosa in April, with lows around 51°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.
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