10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, trek along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Boston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Boston in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): get curious at Exploratorium and then take a stroll through SoMa.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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