10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
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:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
nights
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum capture your imagination. Head to The Grove and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and stop by Bergamot Station.

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Tampa to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Tampa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon itinerary builder website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Simeon, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally stop by AiX.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in October, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Parks Shopping
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Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at NFL Shop Pier 39, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Point, then get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

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