8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Baltimore

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Golden Gate Bridge and City Lights Booksellers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Baltimore to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Baltimore in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park 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. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 23°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Craft Contemporary, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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