10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
San Diego Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker .

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Diego. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car 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

1
day
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 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online route maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove
Guitar Center ©
Guitar Center

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.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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