10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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Cambria
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
3
Sonoma
— 2 nights
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip tool.

Minneapolis to Cambria is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Cambria. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Minneapolis in February: high temperatures in Cambria hover around 66°F and lows are around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in February, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

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Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 18th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Petroni Vineyards, then do a tasting at Repris Wines, then contemplate the long history of General M.G. Vallejo Home, and finally do a tasting at WALT Wines. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Sherwin Family Vineyards, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sonoma online tour planner.

Drive from Carmel to Sonoma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Carmel in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sonoma, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Moone Tsai Winery ©
Moone Tsai Winery
Sherwin Family Vineyards ©
Sherwin Family Vineyards

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gray Whale Cove State Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions site.

Getting from Sonoma to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Sonoma in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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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 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail. On the next day, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then hike along May Lake Trailhead.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (48°F), and nights are cooler (18°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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