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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at de Young Museum and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip maker .

Buffalo to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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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 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

You can 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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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