10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Carmel

— 1 night
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 26th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Asilomar State Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary builder.

Fort Lauderdale to Carmel is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Carmel due to the time zone difference. In May, Carmel is much colder than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and browse the exhibits of Ansel Adams Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning app.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 31st (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Big Sur is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lands End, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, get up close to creatures of the deep with LA Waterfront Cruises, and then kick back and relax at Redondo Beach.

Plan my day in Los Angeles using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.