10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Durham

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Sun), kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation app .

Durham to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in August, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Tunnel View. There's more to do: stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
night
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 25th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
nights
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 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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