8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Solana Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Solana Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Norton Simon Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

1
night
Solana Beach

Solana Beach ©
Solana Beach is a coastal city in San Diego County, California. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): kick back and relax at Moonlight Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Solana Beach trip builder .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Solana Beach takes 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Solana Beach are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Solana Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moonlight State Beach
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, browse the exhibits of Palm Springs Air Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Indian Canyons.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs online tour builder .

You can drive from Solana Beach to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Solana Beach, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Nature Parks
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Musee Mecanique and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and then learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palm Springs to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in April, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

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