10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and finally get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route planner.

Denver to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Denver in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey Bay Aquarium has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip website.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay route maker site.

Getting from Big Sur to Morro Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in Morro Bay to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Morro Bay

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Griffith Observatory. On the 14th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Morro Bay in July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Jolla Cove as well as San Diego Zoo. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and USS Midway Museum. There's more to do: stroll through Coronado Beach.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

California travel guide

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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.