8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online route planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and then stop by Chinatown. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planning app.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

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.