8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
End: Los Angeles

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night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Los Angeles. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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night
Ventura

Ventura
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ventura trip maker .

Drive from Los Angeles to Ventura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Ventura hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Ventura

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, cruise along State Street Underpass, then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner .

Santa Barbara is just a short distance from Ventura. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Wineries Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

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nights
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to San Jose in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Tours

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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 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from San Jose in May, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are much hotter (59°F). On the 31st (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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