8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Birmingham
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Birmingham

1
day
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Birmingham, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to Los Angeles. Traveling from Birmingham in November, you will find days in Los Angeles are warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Wildlife Areas

Side Trip

Santa Monica Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach
Walt Disney Concert Hall

2
days
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.
On the 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel custom trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in November, with highs in Carmel at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Wildlife Areas
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): wander the streets of Union Square, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Peaks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco vacation builder.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa (South of Market Street)

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