8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Buffalo

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Buffalo to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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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 26th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, and then trek along Mariposa Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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