10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Sonoma
— 1 night
Drive
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Lotus
— 1 night
Drive
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chinatown as well as Muir Woods National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Beach (in Muir Beach) and Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

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Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Detroit to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sonoma

— 1 night
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oxbow Public Market as well as Jarvis Estate. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Sonoma Valley, do a tasting at MacLaren, then stroll through Sonoma Plaza, then do a tasting at Jarvis Estate, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sonoma online sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Sonoma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sonoma, with highs around 81°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lotus.

Things to do in Sonoma

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Lotus

— 1 night
Lotus is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hangtown's Gold Bug Park. On the 15th (Mon), walk around Hangtown's Gold Bug Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lotus trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Sonoma to Lotus in 2 hours. Traveling from Sonoma in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lotus: highs are around 88°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Lotus

Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, Northstar California, Sky Combat Ace, and other attractions. On the 16th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak and then stroll through Baldwin Beach. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, then see what you can catch with Mile High Fishing Charters, then push the limits with Sky Combat Ace, and finally stroll through Northstar California.

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Traveling by car from Lotus to South Lake Tahoe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Lotus, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, Cathedral Range and Tuolumne Meadows. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, and then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Yosemite National Park is very close to South Lake Tahoe. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Ski Areas · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.