8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bologna

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 22nd (Sat): catch a ride on Cable Cars. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bologna, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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