10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Solvang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip website .

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

1
night
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ostrich Land. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Nojoqui Falls Park, then do a tasting at Fess Parker, then learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, and finally admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Solvang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Solvang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Solvang is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Purisima State Historical Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Ostrich Land, Fess Parker
Highlights from your plan
Nojoqui Falls Park ©
Nojoqui Falls Park
Rusack Vineyards ©
Rusack Vineyards
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

2
nights
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 16th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

Before you visit Carmel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Solvang in August, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Sat), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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