10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego journey website .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
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 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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