10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary tool .

Des Moines to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Des Moines in April, with highs in San Diego at 71°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Head to The Grove and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then stroll through North Dome. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Fishing Charters & Tours

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