8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: New York City

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.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip maker website .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, stroll through Hermosa Beach Pier, and then appreciate the history behind Watts Towers.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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