8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Rochester to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rochester to Los Angeles. Traveling from Rochester in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nightlife · Childrens Museums · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

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Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Golden Gate Park, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

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Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

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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.