10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Tram to San Ysidro/Intl Border, Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Mexico City

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning website.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mexico City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step off the beaten path and head to Half Dome and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Kids will enjoy Vernal Fall and Earthquake Fault. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, Glacier Point, &more). There's more to do: head outdoors with ASO Mammoth.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 9°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

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 La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Petersen Automotive Museum and The Broad. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and catch a movie at California Science Center.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.