10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Bus to San Francisco, Fly to New York City

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Carmel

— 4 nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Breakwater and China Cove and Gibson Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker.

New York City to Carmel is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, go for a walk through Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Van Damme State Park, shop like a local with Ananse Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally walk around Noyo Headlands Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online trip maker.

You can drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.