10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Beatty
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll through Alcatraz Island.

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Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Newark in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): cruise along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

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Getting from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Death Valley National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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Getting from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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California travel guide

4.1
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.