10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Durham

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary planning app .

Durham to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durham in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. You will leave for San Francisco on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife

Side Trip

Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Fisherman's Wharf and City Lights Booksellers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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