8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, stroll through Swami's Beach, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego online day trip planner.

Miami to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 79°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in September, with highs in Carmel at 72°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online travel route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

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 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, work off some steam at Original Muscle Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Will Rogers Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 85°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.