10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
On the 25th (Thu), stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip site .

New York City to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters ©
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip 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 flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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.
On the 1st (Thu), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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