8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night


San Francisco

— 1 night

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 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Golden Gate Park, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco route maker site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip


— 3 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 13th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Napa online road trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Napa to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Napa in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 98°F and lows of 66°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.