10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lombard Street as well as Chinatown. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Traveling from New York City in September, San Francisco is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods

Sonoma

— 2 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley as well as Frank Family Vineyards. On the 14th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley and then learn about winemaking at Frank Family Vineyards.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sonoma vacation planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sonoma, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Vikingsholm and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder site.

Drive from Sonoma to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sonoma in September; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, Monterey is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): wander the streets of Union Square and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.