8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 3rd (Sat), stroll through South Lake Tahoe Bike Path, trek along Echo Lakes Hiking Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at South Lake Brewing Company.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe travel route planning tool.

Hartford to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Hartford in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

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You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 46°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manhattan Beach and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Norton Simon Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Redondo Beach and see Redondo Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and explore the world behind art at The Broad.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.