10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

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Cayucos
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Berkeley
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Cayucos

— 1 night
Cayucos is a census-designated place located on the coast in San Luis Obispo County, California along California State Route 1 between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hike along Bluff Trail and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cayucos vacation builder site.

San Clemente to Cayucos is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cayucos when traveling from San Clemente in December, with lows around 42°F. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Cayucos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Big Sur

— 1 night

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 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then hike along Partington Cove.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Cayucos to Big Sur takes 3 hours. While traveling from Cayucos, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monterey route planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Monterey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Berkeley.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Berkeley

— 3 nights
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. On the 31st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourth Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Berkeley visit planning tool.

Getting from Monterey to Berkeley by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Berkeley sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Berkeley

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berkeley to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from Berkeley in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are colder with lows around 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Cedar Grove Visitor Center and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much warmer, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 58°F. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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.