10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Jack London State Historic Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and SoMa. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately Napa away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and stroll through China Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder site.

Orlando to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, San Francisco is little chillier than Orlando - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Carmel River State Beach and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Relax by the water at Oxnard Beach Park and El Capitan State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Ventura Pier and Promenade (in Ventura), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria). The adventure continues: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and shop like a local with State Street Underpass.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in April, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.