8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Trinidad
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

1
night
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 17th (Mon): shop like a local with Union Square and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
nights
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 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 14°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
day
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Big Lagoon County Park, examine the collection at Trinidad Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Trinidad Art Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Trinidad by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Trinidad are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are much hotter (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Trinidad Museum ©
Trinidad Museum

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 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then stop by Bergamot Station, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Los Angeles. Traveling from Trinidad in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Avila Adobe ©
Avila Adobe

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