10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Plattsburgh

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip tool .

Plattsburgh to Los Angeles is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Plattsburgh in April, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Grove ©
The Grove
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
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. On the 14th (Tue), look for gifts at AiX, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

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Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

AiX, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then get great views at Tunnel View, then get great views at Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, and then take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online journey maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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