8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Gainesville
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Gainesville

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app .

Gainesville to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Gainesville to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gainesville in October, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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. On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Carmel are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 24th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist

few
hours
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 25th (Thu): get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Nature, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

few
hours
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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