8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Charlotte

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.
For shopping fun, head to Camarillo Premium Outlets or LA Farmers' Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Seal Beach (in Seal Beach) and Newport Beach (Dolphin & Whale Watching, The Wedge, & more). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at The Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday app .

Charlotte to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Charlotte in November, with highs in Los Angeles at 76°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
You've now added Hearst Castle Theater to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), see a show at Hearst Castle Theater.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Simeon sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, things will get a bit cooler in San Simeon: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. You'll set off for Carmel on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in San Simeon

Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle Theater ©
Hearst Castle Theater

1
day
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 5th (Tue): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

2
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 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get curious at Exploratorium, then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Francisco are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, then kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Yosemite National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 54°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 19°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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