8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights


San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In April, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 24th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, shop like a local with The Grove, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.