8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Fri), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planner.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Cambria

— 2 nights
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). Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Therapy by the Sea. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria travel route builder website.

Getting from San Francisco to Cambria by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 37°F in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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 19th (Tue): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then shop like a local with Montana Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally look for gifts at Edelweiss Chocolate Factory.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online day trip planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cambria in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the galleries of Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs journey builder tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.