10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. Visiting Panorama Trail and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Tunnel View, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour website .

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pfeiffer State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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