10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Tampa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Exploratorium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Tampa in June, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then stop by Sebastian General Store.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Take a break from the city and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Spend the 16th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey builder site .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then get great views at Tunnel View.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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