8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Springfield

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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.
On the 15th (Mon), browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Springfield to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Springfield in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Seventeen Mile Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Monterey is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Exploratorium and Twin Peaks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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