8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + bus:  7​h
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), make a trip to Santa Monica Pier and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach. On the next day, examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica online holiday planner .

Columbus to Santa Monica is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and tram; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in September, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and kick back and relax at Windansea Beach.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in San Diego sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Rockaway Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online vacation planner .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in September, plan for slightly colder nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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