10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary builder.

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Diego. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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.
On the 24th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 25th (Fri), make a trip to Two Rodeo and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, and then shop like a local with Rodeo Drive.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip generator.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Getty Villa
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway from Santa Monica to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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