8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

1
night
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 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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Des Moines to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Des Moines, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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 1st (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Monterey is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
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 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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