10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cairo

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Get some historical perspective at Twin Peaks and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a stroll through SoMa.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planner .

Cairo, Egypt to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cairo to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at North Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and then trek along May Lake Trailhead.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Annenberg Community Beach House has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get all the information you need at Annenberg Community Beach House, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Rodeo Drive. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get much warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then explore the galleries of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker site .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Grove ©
The Grove

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