8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

San Jose, Costa Rica to San Francisco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Jose in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica tour planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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