8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Denver

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 30th (Fri): hike along Panorama Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website .

Denver to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary app .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

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Fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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