8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planning site .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in October, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Fun & Games
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Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Malibu

Malibu
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve and then kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Malibu tour builder site .

You can drive from San Diego to Malibu in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In October in Malibu, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Nature

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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 14th (Mon), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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