10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Mendocino
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Budapest

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

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Budapest, Hungary to Cambria is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Cambria is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Budapest in February, you will find days in Cambria are much warmer (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
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. Get some cultural insight at Cannery Row Antique Mall and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel tour planning tool .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row Antique Mall
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
day
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mendocino travel planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Mendocino in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mendocino, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then wander the streets of Union Square, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mendocino to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Mendocino in February, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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