10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip builder

Make it your trip
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes sightseeing planner.

Detroit to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in February, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be about the same, around 18°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Exploratorium, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in February: highs in San Francisco hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Carmel sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in February, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums

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.