10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Durham
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, thencontemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, thencontemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and finally kick back and relax at China Beach.

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Durham to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Durham to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough 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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip builder site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lembert Dome and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip website.

Take a bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online journey planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 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

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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.
On the 26th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°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

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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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