10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip maker .

Kansas City to Santa Monica is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and tram; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Santa Monica, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in August, expect Santa Monica to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

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Getting from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Santa Monica in August, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit China Beach and Marshall’s Beach for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ghirardelli Square. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel route planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Botanical Building and Lily Pond ©
Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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