8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
China Beach ©
China Beach

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, and finally stroll through Pope Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
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 18th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, and finally stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation planning tool .

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online vacation planner .

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
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 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, then kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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