10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Salisbury
Drive + Fly:  11​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Salisbury

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sun), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Salisbury to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Salisbury - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey online trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lovers Point

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 18th (Tue), do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars and then sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes LEGOLAND California. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Harbor Beach and then find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND California. Keep things going the next day: stroll through San Clemente State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then kick back and relax at Victoria Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from San Francisco to Carlsbad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carlsbad, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Harbor Beach, San Clemente State Beach, Pacific Marine Mammal Center
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San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), catch a live event at Petco Park. On the next day, head off the coast to Coronado Island, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip tool .

Drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Coronado Island
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
Petco Park ©
Petco Park

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