8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In July, San Francisco is little chillier than Atlanta - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Santa Monica hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip website .

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Museums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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