8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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 24th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons and then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Palm Springs using our trip planner.

Chicago to Palm Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Palm Springs to be warmer, temps between 89°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker website .

Getting from Palm Springs to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in April, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Shambala Preserve
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Beaches Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. On the 28th (Tue), tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
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 30th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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