8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at China Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in April, with highs in San Francisco at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and explore the activities along Merced River.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool.

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 flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online route builder.

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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are warmer (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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