8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
1
Avalon, Catalina Island
— Few hours
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
End: Los Angeles

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Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): try for a hole-in-one at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avalon travel route planning tool .

Los Angeles to Avalon is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of tram and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Avalon, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Avalon

Fun & Games
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Golf Gardens Miniature Golf ©
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Avalon to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and subway; or do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Avalon in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 15th (Wed), stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour builder .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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