10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Tampa

few
hours
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online visit planner .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampa in March, with highs in San Francisco at 65°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 26th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On your second day here, hike along Partington Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Sur online tour itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur with the Route module. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Big Sur, with highs around 64°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 28th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monterey trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Monterey are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 72°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park journey tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
Ashford Mill Ruins ©
Ashford Mill Ruins

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