10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Durham

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker app .

Durham to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durham to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durham in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Tue), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carmel in January, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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