10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
+2
Tram + Foot + Ferry:  5​h
4
Avalon
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Columbus

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planning tool .

Columbus to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Columbus - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Panorama Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (53°F), and nights are colder (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in Santa Monica hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

El Matador State Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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nights
Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. On the 15th (Fri), stop by Afishinados Gallery, take a memorable tour with Joe's Rent-a-Boat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Catalina Island Conservancy, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Avalon Canyon. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, then pause for some photo ops at Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, and then trek along Trans-Catalina Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Avalon attractions website .

Traveling by combination of tram and ferry from Santa Monica to Avalon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Trans-Catalina Trail
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Nature Center at Avalon Canyon ©
Nature Center at Avalon Canyon
Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy
Hermit Gulch Trail Loop ©
Hermit Gulch Trail Loop

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