8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Marina District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
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 26th (Wed): stop by The Cheese Shop, then stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Carmel are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planning site .

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 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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