10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Palm Desert
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. On the 19th (Sun), take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, then meet the residents at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, and then appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery and then tee off at Desert Willow Golf Resort.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Desert trip itinerary planning website .

Boston to Palm Desert is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Palm Desert, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in April, expect Palm Desert to be warmer, temps between 89°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens ©
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
CODA Gallery ©
CODA Gallery
Desert Holocaust Memorial ©
Desert Holocaust Memorial

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nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Palm Desert to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Desert, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then engage your brain at Camera Obscura, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Getty Villa, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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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 25th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, and then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip maker .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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