10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Point Lobos, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip builder tool .

Washington DC to Monterey is an approximately 10-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get a bit cooler in Monterey: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Point Lobos
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Safari West and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Safari West, Castello di Amorosa
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Safari West ©
Safari West

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