10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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Drive to Logan International Airport, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Logan International Airport, Drive to Merrimack

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Filbert Street Stairs as well as Twin Peaks. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Twin Peaks and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Merrimack to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Merrimack to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive as well as Brew Cruz. On the 6th (Mon), take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive and then see Brew Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

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Fly from Santa Cruz to Anaheim in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Cruz in September, with highs in Anaheim at 88°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Diego

— 2 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.
You've added San Diego Automotive Museum, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then hit the sights you want to with Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego, and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, then take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and then examine the collection at San Diego Automotive Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anaheim in September: highs in San Diego hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.