10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Air & Space Museum. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site .

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Amoeba Music, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica day trip planning website .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Monica in December, with highs in Monterey at 62°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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