8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Clovis
— 2 nights
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego International Airport, Drive to Temecula
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Temecula
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, then delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, then make a trip to Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planning website.

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a subway. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You will leave for Clovis on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites

Clovis

— 2 nights
Clovis is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Clovis: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Generals Hwy, Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, &more) and Yosemite National Park (Wawona Meadow & Mariposa Grove). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Old Town Clovis.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Clovis trip website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Clovis takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Temecula.

Things to do in Clovis

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Temecula

— 2 nights
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at MindTrap Escape Room, experience rural life at The Alpaca Hacienda, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, experience rural life at Temecula Berry Company, then learn about winemaking at Vindemia Estate Winery, and finally relax in the rural setting at Peltzer Farms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Temecula trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Clovis to Temecula with the Route module. In October in Temecula, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Temecula

Wineries · Tours · Fun & Games · Shopping

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Temecula to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Temecula in October, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

California travel guide

4.1
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.