10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 1st (Thu), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker app .

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 a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pebble Beach trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Pebble Beach in 2.5 hours. In August in Pebble Beach, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bird Rock Vista Point ©
Bird Rock Vista Point
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pebble Beach to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock. Keep things going the next day: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, around 63°F, while days are much hotter, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Minaret Vista.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Minaret Vista ©
Minaret Vista

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

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You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

1
day
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe tour planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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