10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Relax by the water at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 1 hour away). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey road trip tool.

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a shuttle. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cambria trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Monterey, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Artists Dr and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Get outdoors at Artists Palette and Badwater Basin. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cambria in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 101°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

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.