8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get great views at Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then explore the galleries of Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip maker .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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 18th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Annenberg Community Beach House, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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