10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Guerneville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark


Learn more about your trip

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Guerneville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Johnson's Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Guerneville travel route builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Guerneville takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Guerneville, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trip

Healdsburg
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Napa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Guerneville to Napa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Balloon Rides

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. On the 23rd (Fri), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel visit planning tool .

You can drive from Napa to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Marston House Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Similar Plans

14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans