10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + subway:  11​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

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hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip site .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Santa Cruz is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off toBig Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cambria tour website .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Cambria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Cambria. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Beaches Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara driving holiday planner .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in February since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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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 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade and then identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch, The Oaks
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Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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 7th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in February; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 10°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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