10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
2
Bridgeport
— 1 night
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park attractions planning tool.

Washington DC to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bridgeport Reservoir, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie State Historic Park, and then get great views at Mono Lake Vista Point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bridgeport trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport. In August, daytime highs in Bridgeport are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Mono Lake Vista Point
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Bridgeport Reservoir ©
Bridgeport Reservoir
Mono Lake Vista Point ©
Mono Lake Vista Point

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then learn about winemaking at Blair Estate Tasting Room. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey day trip planning app.

You can drive from Bridgeport to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bridgeport in August: highs in Monterey hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, make a trip to San Simeon Pier, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip builder site.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip app.

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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