8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens

3
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 a stroll through Union Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco attractions tool .

Athens, Greece to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Athens to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Yosemite Village, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
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.
On the 29th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning 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 taxi, bus, and flight. In December, Los Angeles is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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